10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's

10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
Oklahoman Published: December 15, 2013

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer's, especially in the early stages, is forgetting recently learned information, forgetting important dates or events or asking for the same information over and over.

What's typical?

Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems

Some people might experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things like cook a familiar recipe or manage their bills.

What's typical?

Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure

People with Alzheimer's often find it hard to complete daily tasks, such as driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

What's typical?

Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.

4. Confusion with time or place

People with Alzheimer's can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. This can include forgetting where they are or having trouble understanding something that isn't happening immediately.

What's typical?

Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

Having vision or perception problems is a sign of Alzheimer's for some, such as difficulty reading, judging distance or passing a mirror and thinking someone else is in a room.



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