Alzheimer's Disease Warning Signs and Next Steps
Signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are different from normal age-related changes. For example, sometimes forgetting why you walked into a room is a normal sign of aging. Not recognizing a room in your house may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Not recognizing a spouse or child is different than occasionally calling loved ones by the wrong name. When you observe behaviors that don’t seem to be typical signs of aging, what should you do? How do you have the conversation about getting them the help they need?
Forgetfulness and Aging. Learn more about how Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias differ from normal aging and find out what steps to take if you are concerned about a loved one or friend.
See the Signs. Start a Conversation. Follow these four steps to learn how to talk about Alzheimer’s disease.
Early Intervention Protects Quality of Life. Learn why you should see a doctor as soon as you notice symptoms that are not typical signs of aging.
Is It Typical Aging or Alzheimer’s Disease?
The Alzheimer’s Association identifies 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality
Adapted from the Alzheimer’s Association.
If you notice any of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease in yourself or someone else, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with a doctor to discuss your concerns. Finding out what is causing the symptoms can help you get the right diagnosis and treatment, learn about community support resources, and plan for the future.