5 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

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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.

Source: healthcommunities.com

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