Recognizing the Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
The aging process can be difficult on those it affects: the individual, their family, and their social circle. While there is currently no way to prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia, there are ways to get ahead of the disease and be prepared to grow and cope with the challenge. Early diagnosis improves the quality of life of those with dementia and their families.
The Alzheimer’s Association has identified early warning signs to help recognize and differentiate Alzheimer’s and other dementias, compared to the normal aging process.
Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- Poor judgement and decision making
- Inability to manage a budget
- Losing track of the date or the season
- Difficulty having a conversation
- Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them
Typical Age-Related Changes
- Making a bad decision once in a while
- Missing a monthly payment
- Forgetting which day it is but remembering later
- Sometimes forgetting which word to use
- Losing things from time to time