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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com editor

How do you know if your parent has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? If dad continually forgets where he puts his keys, or mom seems to get easily confused these days, does it mean they have Alzheimer’s? Not necessarily. Only a doctor can diagnose the condition. Every person experiences different symptoms, to different degrees. But here are some Alzheimer’s warning signs to look for.

1. Forgetfulness and memory loss
The most common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. However, just because dad can’t remember where he put his shoes or calls the grandkids by the wrong name doesn’t mean he has Alzheimer’s. Anyone can sometimes forget the details of a conversation, but early onset Alzheimer’s causes a person to forget entire conversations that took place only moments ago. Alzheimer’s usually affects short-term memory first, meaning the person forgets information that he/she recently learned. They have trouble remembering important dates and events. They ask for the same information over and over again. They may even forget the faces of family members.

2. Lack of concentration and confusion
Getting confused about times and places is a common sign of Alzheimer’s. Your mom or dad may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before. People with Alzheimer’s may forget where they are, or how they got there. They might have difficulty understanding that an event happened in the past, or will be occurring in the future, versus something that is happening in the present. They lose track of the seasons and passage of time.

3. Losing things
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. For example, misplacing your keys can a happen to anyone, but finding lost keys in the freezer could indicate Alzheimer’s. A person with Alzheimer’s may lose things and be unable to retrace steps to find them again. They may swear they placed an object in a certain place, and accuse others of stealing it when it doesn’t turn up where they expected to find it.

Read more:
When a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Recognize You
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
How To Tell Family That Mom or Dad has Alzheimer’s Disease

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia originally appeared on AgingCare.com

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4:25PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

I have been extremely lazy with my thinking processes. I will put my act together ASAP!!!

7:12PM PDT on May 3, 2014

Noted, thanks.

3:01PM PDT on May 1, 2014

It is truly amazing what dogs can do for people. They are a true blessing.

12:49AM PDT on May 1, 2014

Losing your memory is scary.

11:58PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

I think I read this already...
But when?
Oh, dear! I can't remember! I think it was when I lost my car keys! Yes!! No! I don't even have a car!

3:00AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Thanks.....very informative...

6:22PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

terrible enfermedad...

5:08PM PST on Nov 15, 2013

thanks

6:23AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

thanks for the information - very helpful at this time

1:08PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

thnx for this

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