WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S

The following list has been developed by The Alzheimer’s Association to help families who are unsure what to look for in an elderly parent.

1. Short Term Memory Loss – forgetting new information and asking for the same information over and over is a common symptoms. 

2. Difficulty Performing Familiar Tasks – such as preparing a meal or placing a telephone call.

3. New Problems with Writing or Speaking – forgetting simple words.

4. Confusion with Time and Place – getting lost in a familiar neighbourhood.

5. Poor or Decreased Judgment – such as giving away large sums of money, or dressing in many layers on a warm day.

6. Problems with Abstract Thinking – finding it very challenging to balance a cheque book or forgetting how numbers are used.

7. Misplacing Things and Losing the Ability to Retrace Steps – may put objects in unusual places (watch in the freezer).

8. Changes in Mood or Behavior – rapid mood swings – from calm to tears and anger or aggression in short time frame.

9. Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships- change in visual processing or judging distance and colour.

10. Withdrawing from Social Activities – may avoid being social because of changes they have experienced.