10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part Two

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Part One of this article discussed the first five early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, Read on for the last five signs.

6. Impaired Judgment

Warning Signs: Changes in judgment or suddenly demonstrating poor decision- making skills may indicate signs of Alzheimer’s disease. There are many ways to demonstrate poor judgment, some examples may include inappropriate dress, such as wearing slippers to run errands, or snow boots in the summer. Additionally, someone with Alzheimer’s might use poor judgment with finances, such as spending large amounts of money on sweepstakes or telemarketing, or by saying inappropriate things or taking inappropriate actions that are abnormal to their usual character.

Typical: Making poor decisions from time to time, or harboring life long beliefs that may be unappreciated by others.

7. Struggles with Planning or Problem Solving

Warning Signs: Some people with Alzheimer’s symptoms may find it difficult to make a plan and follow it, or have difficulty figuring out number problems. Paying regular monthly bills may become challenging, or following a well-known recipe may become confusing. Completing these usual tasks may become complicated and time consuming, taking more time and energy to work out then before.

Typical: Making slight, occasional mistakes when balancing a budget or writing out checks.

8. Personality Shifts

Warning Signs: Rapid mood swings, abnormal behaviors, or an overall change in personality are characteristics of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Someone with Alzheimer’s may suddenly become fearful, depressed, suspicious of well-known people, or confused by small disruptions. They may become easily upset, resulting in bouts of tears, anger, or aggression, without any obvious reason or provocation.

Typical: Having a bad day, or occasionally feeling sad or out of sorts.

9. Losing Interest in Socializing or Hobbies

Warning Signs: Someone with symptoms of Alzheimer’s may suddenly lose interest in activities they once enjoyed, and instead prefer to stay home. Visiting with friends, watching sports, attending events, or partaking in hobbies may suddenly become unappealing, and instead replaced with watching TV or sleeping more then normal.

Typical: Occasionally feeling uninterested in social obligations, or growing tired of a hobby and switching to something new.

10. Vision Problems from Alzheimer’s Disease

Warning Signs: Struggling to understand spatial relationships or visual images can be an indication of Alzheimer’s. Determining colors, distances, or words when reading may suddenly become a problem with no obvious cause.

Typical: Age related vision changes, such as cataracts.

Conclusion

The best way to determine if your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease is to check with their physician. This list is designed to help you understand when memory loss, changes in behaviors, or decline in functioning may be signs of dementia or symptoms of Alzheimer’s. However, only a medical professional that has examined a patient in person can make that diagnosis. If someone you know is experiencing memory problems, or demonstrating any of the previously described symptoms, he or she should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

This article is Part Two of a two part series. Read Part One here.

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