1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Short-term memory loss is one of the most common signs of early Alzheimer’s disease. People with Alzheimer’s may ask the same questions over and over and often forget important dates or events. They may begin to rely on family members, friends and memory aids to help them remember things.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
People with early Alzheimer’s often have trouble concentrating and working with numbers. They may find it hard to develop and follow a plan—a familiar recipe, for example— or find solutions for common problems. Balancing a checkbook and keeping track of monthly bills and income often becomes difficult.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or at work
People with early Alzheimer’s may have difficulty performing routine daily tasks—tasks they had been able to complete almost without thinking. They may get lost driving to a familiar place, or forget the rules to a favorite game or how to tune in to a favorite television show.
4. Confusion with time or places
Confusion about the passing of time is another Alzheimer’s warning sign. People with early Alzheimer’s may lose track of dates and seasons, and may have trouble understanding things that are happening in the future and not right away. They may forget where they are and how they got there.
5. Trouble with vision or spatial relationships
Early Alzheimer’s disease may cause vision problems. In some cases, people with the disease have difficulty reading, judging distances or determining color or contrast. Perception also can be affected—a person with early Alzheimer’s may walk by a mirror and think that someone else is in the room.
6. Problems with words in speaking or writing
People with early Alzheimer’s may develop difficulty following or joining conversations. They often repeat themselves or struggle with vocabulary—having trouble finding the right word or using the wrong words for things. They may stop in the middle of conversations and have no idea how to continue.
7. Misplacing things
People with early Alzheimer’s may put objects in unusual places—car keys in the refrigerator, for example. They often are unable to retrace their steps to find something that’s lost, and may accuse others of stealing. Misplacing things occurs more often as Alzheimer’s progresses.
8. Loss of judgment
The inability to use good judgment and make good decisions can be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s. People with the disease may use poor judgment with money—give large sums to telemarketers, for example. They also may begin to pay less attention to personal hygiene and grooming.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
Changes in mental function can make it difficult for people with early Alzheimer’s disease to continue with the same level of participation in work projects, social activities, recreational activities and hobbies. Withdrawal from activities can be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s.
10. Changes in mood and personality
In early stages of Alzheimer’s, people often become anxious, confused, depressed, fearful or suspicious. They may be easily upset and become irritable—at home, at work, with family members and friends—especially when they feel uncomfortable or when their normal routine is disrupted.
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