The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

10 Warning Signs

The National Alzheimer’s Association has developed a very helpful list of warning signs that assist families and individuals determine if they might be experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or one of the other dementias.  If you or your loved one is experiencing 3 or more of these behaviors, and they are NEW behaviors, you should contact your doctor for an evaluation.  Take a look at this list to see what new behaviors might apply to you.

  1. MEMORY LOSS ~ Forgetting information that is part of your every day life. Repetitive questions and comments.
  2. PROBLEM SOLVING ~ Difficulty with planning events;  Numbers – Distinguishing money; Balancing checkbook.
  3. DAILY TASKS ~ Can no longer remember how to do tasks: Preparing meals; Following a recipe; Mowing the lawn.
  4. CONFUSION WITH TIME AND PLACE ~ Missing appointments; Getting lost when driving or walking;  Late to work; Making lists and forgetting about the list.
  5. VISUAL IMAGES AND SPACIAL RELATIONSHIPS ~ Difficulty reading and/or understanding signs (STOP signs & STOP lights); Judging distances.
  6. WORD FINDING ~ Can’t remember or understand words; Difficulty following conversations.
  7. MISPLACING ITEMS ~ Hiding items; Inability to retrace steps to locate items; Accuses others of stealing items.
  8. POOR JUDGEMENT ~ Makes questionable decisions; Vulnerable to scams; Mishandles money.
  9. PERSONALITY CHANGES ~ Mood swings; Paranoid; Fearful; Depressed.
  10. ISOLATION ~ Withdraws from  friends and family; Doesn’t participate in social activities.

We know that physical changes begin to take place in the brain 15-20 years before there are any symptoms or visible  behaviors. There are medications that can assist people in the early stages of the disease with behavior management.. however medications DO NOT slow down the progression of the disease or cure it.

If you are having difficulties with any of the above, please contact your doctor.  Sooner is always better than later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. My dad lives with my family and I and he is starting to act a little different. I’m not sure if he going through Alzheimers or not, but I definitely want to find out. He is starting to be a little forgetful and misplacing things. I am definitely going to contact his doctor and have an evaluation set up for him, but what steps should our family take if he does have it?

    • Good Morning Faylinn – First of all, thank you for writing to me. I appreciate that you have been referring to my website.

      You have made a good decision to have your Dad evaluated. His primary care physician will be able to recommend a neurologist or a neuropsychologist to administer the testing to determine his cognitive abilities.

      Begin to keep a daily log.. nothing in great detail… just bullet points that identify the changes you are seeing in your Dad. This will help when you go with your Dad to the doctor’s. It is difficult to remember exactly what happened several weeks ago and the log will be a great reminder for you.

      Several points about communicating with him: 1) NEVER argue with him, because in his mind he is right. 2) Learn to walk away when conversations get tough. 3) Learn to say “I’m sorry” even if you were right. 4) Be patient… your Dad has NO control over what is happening to him.

      I would love to talk further with you about your situation. If you would like, please e-mail me at doreen@dcputnamconsulting.com (more private setting) or call me at 401-464-2372. I hope you found this information to be helpful. Please keep me posted on how things are going. I look forward to hearing from you.

      Doreen

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