The 10 Warning Signs
Memory loss that affects day-to-day function
It’s normal to forget things sometimes, but a person with Alzheimer’s disease may forget things more often and not remember them later.
Difficulty performing familiar tasks
People can get distracted from time to time, however a person with Alzheimer's disease may have trouble doing tasks that have always been familiar to them.
Problems with language
A person with Alzheimer's disease may forget simple words or come up with substitute words, sometimes making them difficult to understand..
Disorientation of time and place
Sometimes a person with Alzheimer's disease can forget where they are or not know how they got there or how to get home.
Poor or decreased judgment
Having decreased judgment like wearing heavy clothing on a hot day can be a sign of Alzheimer's disease.
Problems with abstract thinking
Someone with Alzheimer's disease may have difficulties with tasks, like not recognizing what numbers in a cheque book mean.
Anyone can misplace things, but a person with Alzheimer's disease may put things in strange places: like a phone in the freezer.
Changes in mood and behaviour
Everyone’s mood can change, though someone with Alzheimer's disease can experience mood swings for no apparent reason.
Changes in personality
A person with Alzheimer's disease can often become confused, suspicious or withdrawn. Acting out of character for no reason is something to be aware of.
Loss of initiative
People with Alzheimer's disease can lose their drive and become passive. They may require cues and prompting to become involved with daily tasks and interaction.