Warning Sings of Alzheimer's Disease

Memory Loss

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Most Common Symptom

Trouble Planning and Problem Solving

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Hard to concentrate on detailed tasks, especially if they involve numbers?

Daily tasks are a challenge

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Have trouble driving to a location you go to often

Times and Places are confusing

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Other than whats right infront of you are you having trouble knowing what is going on

Changes in Vision

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Harder to make out Words, Faces, and Colors

Words and Conversations are Frustrating

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Can't Find the right words or do you Keep having to repeat yourself

You lose things

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Do you put things in unusual places, like your watch in the refrigerator?

Lapse in Judgment

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Mistakes with money, like giving it away when you normally wouldn't

Social Withdrawal

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Do you Lack Motivation to spend time with loved ones?

Mood Changes

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Do you feel Depressed, Scared or Anxious?

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.