Most Common Symptom
Do you rely Heavily on Memory Aids like posted notes and reminders like alarms?
Ask for the Same Information Over and Over?
Easily forget what you Just Learned?
Forget things even Happened?
Trouble Planning and Problem Solving
Hard to concentrate on detailed tasks, especially if they involve numbers?
Trouble making plans and sticking to them
Tricky following recipes even ones you've used many times
Can't keep track of your bills and Balance your checkbook?
Daily tasks are a challenge
Have trouble driving to a location you go to often
Even familiar things can become hard.
Trouble completing ordinary task at work.
Times and Places are confusing
Other than whats right infront of you are you having trouble knowing what is going on
Can you fully grasp something that’s not happening right now?
Are you Disoriented?
Do you get lost easily?
Do you forget wehre you are?
Do you forget how you got places?
Changes in Vision
Harder to make out Words, Faces, and Colors
Harder to read the words on the page?
Trouble Judging Distances?
Can't tell colors apart?
Words and Conversations are Frustrating
Can't Find the right words or do you Keep having to repeat yourself
Vocabulary becomes hard.
Can't find the right words you are looking for?
Call things by the Wrong Names?
Keep repeating yourself
Don't know what to say?
You lose things
Do you put things in unusual places, like your watch in the refrigerator?
Can't retrace steps
Do you accuse people of taking things?
Lapse in Judgment
Mistakes with money, like giving it away when you normally wouldn't
Poor decisions lately?
Do you take less care of yourself?
Dress for the wrong weather?
Do you Lack Motivation to spend time with loved ones?
Pulling back from projects at work?
Less involved in your favorite hobbies?
Watching television and sleeping more instead of spending time with loved ones?
Do you feel Depressed, Scared or Anxious?
Get upset Easily?
Suspicious of people for no reason?
Seeing your Doctor
If you notice these signs, talk with your doctor. She will evaluate your physical and mental health. She will look over your medical history and do a mental status test, which looks at your memory, ability to solve simple problems, and thinking skills. She may also do blood or brain imaging tests.
She may then refer you to someone who specializes in Alzheimer’s, like a neurologist (a doctor who specializes in treating the brain and nervous system), psychiatrist, psychologist, or geriatrician (a doctor who specializes in treating older people).
You can also find a specialist through your local Alzheimer’s Association or Alzheimer’s Disease Centers.
Why you Should make an Appointment NOW
The sooner you know, the better. Starting treatment may help relieve symptoms and keep you independent longer.
It also helps you plan better. You can work out living arrangements, make financial and legal decisions, and build up your support network.