10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
Ten (10) early warning signs of dementia
Memory difficulties that occur frequently and interfere with daily life may be a symptom of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease dementia is a common cause, but there are other causes of dementia and the management may be different.
If you feel your memory problems are worsening, occurring frequently and already has disrupted your daily activities, please consult your doctor immediately.
Do you have these warning signs?
The 10 signs of dementia
1. Poor memory
a. Forgetting recent events and conversations
2. Difficulties in planning or solving problems
b. Repetitive questions, comments and stories
c. Forgetting what to do, what to buy, what to say
a. Difficulty following a recipe sequence in cooking
3. Difficulties with familiar tasks
b. Inability to keep track of paying your bills (electricity, water, telephone)
a. Confusion in banking (bank accounts, ATM use, pension collection
4. Confusion with time, date, event timelines
b. Difficulties in buying the right items from the grocery or market
a. Disorientation to date, day, month
5. Trouble understanding visual images, positions and distances
b. Confused with time relationships. What happened long time ago versus what only happened recently
a. Trouble finding your way out of malls, stores and toilets
6. Language and communication problems.
b. Trouble driving or parking your car.
a. Difficulty following or joining conversations
7. Losing belongings or placing things in inappropriate places
b. Forgets what to say or forgets the right word
a. Misplacing things (money, jewelry, clothes, shoes)
8. Poor judgment or decision-making abilities
b. Forgetting where to place items appropriately
a. Poor judgment in dealing with money
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
b. Problems with grooming and personal hygiene
a. Avoids attending family occasions
10. Changes in mood and personality
b. Avoids participation in religious groups or community activities
a. Suspiciousness, paranoia, accusing others or stealing their things
b. Easily irritated and easily gets upset
c. Apathetic with hardly any reaction to whatever is going on