Knowing helps in early detection!
1. Memory Loss
It is quite normal to have occasional memory lapses. But memory loss that disrupts daily life is a consistent symptom associated with AD. Frequent forgetfulness and unexplainable confusion at workplace/home should bother you.
One of the most common signs in the early stages, is forgetting recently learned information. Others common memory lapses are-
· Forgetting important dates or events.
· Asking for the same information over and over.
· Relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.
· Forgetting names or appointments.
2. Misplacing Things
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual or inappropriate places like putting the iron in a freezer/watch in a sugar pot, mobile in the dustbin. And then totally forgetting how these got there. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time. The most typical sign is misplacing and forgetting items frequently items like a pair of glasses or the remote control.
3. Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks At Home, At Work Or At Leisure.
People with AD often prepare a meal and then forget to serve it. They may even forget that they have prepared the meal. They often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location or remembering the rules of a favorite game or how to operate a remote.
4. Loss Of Initiative
A Person who had previously been an energetic guy, suddenly becomes uninterested and uninvolved in many or all of his daily activities or other pursuits. He/she withdraws from work or social activities and remove themselves from hobbies and sports. They may feel weary of work, family and social obligations.
5. Changes In Mood And Personality.
The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change dramatically or slowly over a period of time. An easy going and cheerful person can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. They may also exhibit extremes of mood swings frequently. They may be very happy one moment and very soon may become very sad and start crying.
6. Decreased Or Poor Judgment.
People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts of money to online shopping. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. For example, they dress inappropriately like wearing a three piece suit in a hot summer afternoon or going to a mall in his bathrobe.
7. Abstract Thinking Problems.
Suddenly or over a period of time a person with AD develop difficulty in planning or solving problems. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before. They find difficulty in simple calculations, recognizing simple numbers etc.
8. Confusion/Disorientation With Time Or Place.
People with Alzheimer’s can gradually lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may fail to appreciate what time of the day it is. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there. While going for a walk they may forget the street, their own house or may end up knocking at the wrong house.
9. Trouble Understanding Visual Images And Spatial Relationships.
For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. In terms of perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room. They may not recognize their own reflection.
10.Problems With Words While Speaking Or Writing.
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a watch a “hand clock”). They may find similar problems while writing.