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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

8. Personality changes and mood swings
A person with Alzheimer’s might exhibit changes in personality and sudden mood swings. They could become fearful, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. A once self-confident person might become tentative and shy. They may be easily upset at home, or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.

9. Changes in grooming and personal hygiene
Sudden or declining attention to hygiene – not bathing, wearing the same clothes over and over again, not brushing teeth – can point to Alzheimer’s disease. When a person once kept her home immaculate all her life, but suddenly stop cleaning and leaves clutter laying around for weeks, it could be cause for concern.

10. Withdrawing from friends and family
Someone with Alzheimer’s might start withdrawing from family, friends and activities they once enjoyed. Rather than calling attention to memory lapses or communication issues, they avoid situations where they have to be around others. They are typically embarrassed at their inability to communicate or perform tasks like they once did. Alzheimer’s-related depression also cause withdrawal from social situations.

Doctors diagnose Alzheimer’s or dementia only if two or more brain functions – such as memory and language skills — are significantly impaired without loss of consciousness. If you think someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease, contact your doctor.

Read more:
A Caregiver’s Story: Getting Into a Dementia Patient’s Head
Dreams and Past Events: What is Reality for People With Dementia?
Things People With Dementia Say: Common Phrases and How to Reply

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

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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

2:36AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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