10 Warning Signs that You or a Loved One May be Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disease that severely impairs cognitive functioning. It is the sixth leading cause of mortality in America. While there are many new and emerging treatment protocols available today, the best approach is to catch Alzheimer’s before it fully develops, when drug treatments have their greatest chance for reversing or stemming the progression of the disease.signs

Here are ten common warning signs that should alert you to the possibility that you or someone you love may be developing Alzheimer’s. If they sound familiar to you, please make an appointment to see your healthcare professional as soon as possible.

1. Confusion.

As we get older, it is not unusual to lose track of which day of the week it is, or whether we did something yesterday or the day before. However, if your confusion is more pronounced, such as not knowing where you are or how you arrived at this place, this is more symptomatic of early stages of Alzheimer’s.

2. Forgetfulness.

Memory loss also comes with aging. Perhaps you might forget someone’s name when you see them in the grocery store, but after thinking about it the name comes to you. A person in the early stages of Alzheimer’s loses their ability to recall information. This is especially true of short-term memory. They may not be able to retain new information or must rely on reminder tools, such as sticky notes or family members for even the simplest tasks, appointments, and special events. If you or your family member never had problems keeping track of a busy life in the past, then this is a good sign of Alzheimer’s.


3. Impaired problem-solving abilities.

With Alzheimer’s you will find that you cannot formulate a strategy for dealing with certain situations, follow simple directions, such as a recipe, or handle mathematical tasks, such as tracking your bills or balancing your checkbook.

4. Difficulties with communicating.

It is not unusual to struggle with finding the right word we want to use to get across a certain point. A person with early stages of Alzheimer’s will find it difficult to follow a conversation, to know how to join in, or will begin speaking about something, and then leave the thought unfinished.


5. Withdrawal.

If you see that someone you love is slowly withdrawing from all their favorite activities, social circles and friends, this could be an indicator of Alzheimer’s.

6. Familiar tasks become difficult.

You or your loved one may find that the tasks you routinely performed at home or at work are now difficult for you. You may forget how to drive to work or some other familiar location or how to play your favorite game.

7. Mood changes.

It is true that as we age, we can sometimes become less patient or more irritable. A person developing Alzheimer’s though will display much more pronounced changes in mood, exhibiting fear, depression, confusion, anxiety with little warning, especially when outside of their comfort zone, such as in new surroundings or around new people.

8. Impaired ability to judge situations.

A person with Alzheimer’s may fail to employ critical decision-making skills to adequately assess situations, easily falling prey to scammers and telemarketers.

9. Vision problems.

Aging can bring vision issues, especially conditions such as cataracts. Alzheimer’s can impair a person’s spatial ability, or their ability to identify colors or even to read.

10. Losing track of personal items.

If a person with Alzheimer’s loses an item, they will not have the capacity to review in their mind all the places they were earlier in order to find it. While it is not usual as we age to forget where we placed something, usually with considerable thought, we can eventually remember where we left it.


30 responses to “10 Warning Signs that You or a Loved One May be Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Concise, but very helpful list. As I have aging parents, I’ll save this to refer back to it.

  2. My grandmother died of dementia related causes. I am familiar with these type of symptoms although Alzheimer’s is worse. Overall we should all watch out for warning signs especially when it comes to the elderly or our parents.

  3. Alzheimer’s is a scary thing, and if we can catch it in the earl on stages, then fewer people will be affected, and less people will be hurt.

  4. My grandmother died from Alzheimer’s. It’s a terrible thing to go through.

  5. This article is informative. Alzheimer’s is a horrible thing to witness. Two of my great–aunts died of it.

  6. My father in-law is suffering Alzheimer.This is breaking everyone of us down.He is a retired Army this is hard for us as well as to him.

  7. This is time to stand strong for my father-in-law through this hard time. It is not easy for him

  8. Pretty good info here. It must be quite a challenge to deal with.

  9. Very Helpful Information to know. I have family that has Alzheimer’s disease, and knowing the signs ahead of time can prevent disasters or even something much worse. I will know to ask the doctor for treatment, if i see any of the 10 signs that are presented here. Thank you for the advice.

  10. My Grandmother had Alzheimer, she has since passed. It is a slow deteriorating disease and I so wish they would come up with a cure.Treatment is imperative in the beginning stages. Great article on what too look out for…

  11. This is good to know. Anytime we are dealing with an illness or a illness of a loved one, knowledge is power. When we are aware of what to look for, we can move forward and deal with this illness.

  12. Very Helpful Information, knowing the signs ahead of time can prevent. I will know to ask the doctor for treatment, if i see any signs that are presented here. Thank you for the advice.

  13. meredith cartwright

    Alzheimer’s runs in my family, and it is very difficult for those with it to cope. This information can be quite helpful when looking for signs of the disease, particularly for those in my situation.

  14. Thank you for such wonderful article..This article is too informative and effective for creating awareness.

  15. Very informative. It must be quite a challenge to deal with.. I will know to ask the doctor for treatment. Thanks for your posting.

  16. This is a great article! More people need to educate themselves on this horrible diesease. It touches many people and many families. Great tips.

  17. It seems to me that most of these symptoms are ones that should be monitored by the each person on their own. Not that no one can help each other, but most of these things are personal experiences that you have to keep track of and think about yourself.

  18. I think a lot of this stuff is what needs to be checked on your own. They seem like personal experiences, things that each person needs to monitor on their own.

  19. Alzheimer’s is a bad thing because it gets worse as time goes on. My brother had it and I wished there was more they could have done for him. I am 64 years old and I hope I don’t get it.

  20. This is a good starting point as a basis to judge whether or not someone might need help. I hope that my own parents never have to go through this, I feel so badly for those who do. This whole series has been most educational.

  21. My Mom had all these signs. Good to look out for, hoping for a cure for this dreaded disease.

  22. My aunt has all of these signs. wow This was very informative

  23. It is good to know the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease because it’s important to know. Forgetfulness and difficult to communication are important keys to developing this disease. This post explains some of the most important development symptoms.

  24. My grandfather (mom’s dad) had Alzheimer’s and thus, I’m concerned that I have a genetic predisposition to it. I plan to share this article with my wife so at least we can be prepared. Thanks for sharing. I was happy that I got to spend some quality time with my grandfather but sad that he never got to really know many of his great grandchildren.

  25. I went through watching my grandmother deteriorate slowly with this disease and it was heartbreaking. I wish I had known this list of symptoms in the beginning and maybe we could have helped her.

  26. This article is very informative. It’s always good to have this information handy so you can catch the warning signs of a friend or family member. It is a terrible burden to the person suffering and having this knowledge will give each of us the ability to communicate better with the one who is suffering.

  27. Alzheimer’s Disease is a very serious thing i didn’t know MOOD CHANGES were a sign of Alzheimer’s Disease,that”s a very interesting thing to note, great atricle

  28. Good to be able to recognize the disease early on, as treatments can at least help/delay. Hopefully one day eradicate this horrible disease!

  29. This article is nice to read for learning. Knowing Alzheimer’s disease is good awareness and this article lists it for you.

  30. The symptoms described in this article are the hallmark signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. By better understanding these debilitaing symptoms, families who have a loved-one suffering from this disease can better cope by staying informed and knowing what to expect during the evolution of cognitive impairment.

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