10 Warning Signs

  1. Recent memory loss that affects job performance. Everyone forgets things and then recalls them later. Alzheimer’s patients forget often, never recall and repeatedly ask the same question, forgetting the earlier answer. 
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks. People with Alzheimer’s could prepare a meal, forget to serve it and even forget they made it.
  3. Problems with language. A person with Alzheimer’s may forget simple words or use inappropriate words, making speech incomprehensible.
  4. Disorientation of time and place. People with Alzheimer’s may get lost on their own street and forget how they got there or how to get home.
  5. Poor or weaker judgment. Even a normal person might get distracted and fail to watch a child. A person with Alzheimer’s disease could entirely forget the child under their care and leave the house.
  6. Problems with abstract thinking. Anybody can have trouble balancing a checkbook; a person with Alzheimer’s could forget completely what the numbers are and what needs to be done with them.
  7. Misplacing things. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in inappropriate places – an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl – and not be able to retrieve them.
  8. Changes in mood and behavior. Everyone has occasional moods, but people with Alzheimer’s can have rapid mood swings – from calm to tears to anger – all within a few minutes.
  9. Personality changes. A person with Alzheimer’s may change drastically and inappropriately, becoming irritable, suspicious or fearful.
  10. Loss of initiative. People with Alzheimer’s may become passive and reluctant to get involved in activities.

If you or someone you know is suffering from memory loss, please contact ADAKC for a memory assessment at (661) 665-8871.

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