What Are The First Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Mild forgetfulness can be a normal part of the aging process. But when memory problems begin to seriously affect daily life, they could be early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

Some of the early warning signs:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Difficulty planning or solving problems
  • Forgetting how to do familiar tasks
  • Confusion with dates, time or place
  • Trouble with spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing objects and the inability to retrace steps
  • Altered decision making; poor judgment or relying on someone else, such as a spouse to make decisions or answer questions
  • Withdrawal from work or social situations; difficulty initiating activities and participating in social interactions
  • Mood swings and changes in personality


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