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What are some early signs of Alzheimer's?

Sarine Salama
Sarine Salama on behalf of MDLIVE
Psychology Specialist

Ten Warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease include:

  • Memory loss that disrupts your daily life
  • Challenges inplanning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace your steps
  • Decreased or poor judgement
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood or personality

For more detailed information, you can visit the Alzheimer's Association website at www.alz.org.

Early signs of Alzheimer's—one of many diseases that can cause dementia—are different from signs of the normal aging process like benign forgetfulness (forgetting where you put your keys, for example) or decreased motor skills (walking more slowly or having difficulty tying your shoes).

According to the Alzheimer's Association, the following 10 symptoms are warning signs of Alzheimer's disease:

  • memory loss
  • difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • problems with language
  • disorientation about time and place
  • poor or decreased judgment
  • challenges with planning and problem-solving
  • misplacing things
  • dramatic and sometimes abrupt changes in personality or mood
  • withdrawal from work or social activities

Because other diseases often cause similar symptoms, a comprehensive evaluation is essential to ensure the correct diagnosis and optimal treatment. Not all dementia-related problems are caused by Alzheimer's disease, but any symptoms associated with memory, judgment or difficulty performing daily tasks, as well as any abnormal behavior or mood swings, should be discussed with your healthcare professional.

The first manifestation of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is usually memory loss. Later, the disease progresses to other areas of the brain involved in learning, processing, reasoning, and other functions.

The disease generally progresses through three stages—mild, moderate, and severe. Each stage is associated with specific symptoms of dementia or symptom severity.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.