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Alzheimer’s disease affects 1 in 8 people who are over the age of 65 and 1 in 2 people who are over age 85. This is the most common cognitive impairment, yet it can be easily denied or overlooked by the patient and their loved ones. For this reason, it is important to be diligent in recognizing the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Below are symptoms you should watch for.

1. Poor judgement
If a loved one has recently began making uncharacteristic or questionable decisions, this can be a sign of early-stage Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

2. Poor short-term memory
Short-term memory is lost well before long-term memory, so those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s will have trouble remembering recent events while being able to recall the minute details of things that happened years ago. They may also repeat themselves because they don’t remember telling you before.

3. Has a hard time paying bills and keeping records
Those suffering from early-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s may have trouble with numbers and calculations. Paying bills and balancing accounts can become very difficult and frustrating. It may also take far more time to do these tasks as compared to in the past.

4. Driving issues
While people with dementia or Alzheimer’s may drive well in the early stages of the disease, they may have difficulty navigating even familiar surroundings, becoming lost often in areas they know. They may have minor accidents because they are acting out of habit, and not with full awareness of other drivers and surrounding areas.

5. Difficulties with daily tasks
Alzheimer’s can affect one’s ability to make decisions about the tasks which are a part of their day-to-day routine. They may stop cleaning the house, preparing meals for themselves, and even cease with their regular hygiene routine. This can be dangerous as it can lead to severe weight loss and infection.

6. Consistent confusion
If a loved one regularly struggles to remember the date, day of the week, time of day, where they are, or what season it is, it could be a sign of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

7. Trouble with conversations
Frequently using an incorrect word or struggling to find the right word is a symptom of early Alzheimer’s. Someone who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia may have trouble keeping up with a conversation.

8. Losing things
Someone who suffers from early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia may have trouble finding where they left certain items, as they are unable to retrace their steps to find what they are looking for. You may also find that they are placing items in the wrong location, such as placing the milk in a cabinet instead of the refrigerator.

9. Personality and mood changes
Persons who are affected by early Alzheimer’s and dementia may display changes in their personalities and mood. They may become paranoid, especially regarding money or theft. You may notice they are more depressed or anxious. They may have withdrawn from their normal social activities, rarely leaving their room or home.

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    September 23, 2019

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    September 23, 2019

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