Alzheimer’s can be a frightening diagnosis, particularly since there’s not yet a cure. Some seniors may worry they have Alzheimer’s when they’re just experiencing normal symptoms of aging. Others may ignore telltale signs of the disease for months or years.
Knowing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can help you get quality medical care as early as possible. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:
- Pervasive memory loss that interferes with your ability to function in daily life. Forgetting a word here or there or needing to pause to remember a name, on the other hand, can both be part of the normal aging process.
- Difficulty completing daily tasks, such as following a beloved recipe or driving somewhere familiar. The occasional need to pause and think before completing a familiar task, however, can be normal.
- Difficulty following a conversation, speaking, or writing. Simply experiencing occasional difficulties remembering or “finding” a word, though, is normal.
- Confusion regarding time and dates. It’s normal to occasionally forget what day it is or need to double-check a calendar. But being unaware of the passage of time is a warning sign.
- Losing things or getting lost. Everyone misplaces objects sometimes or needs assistance locating a car in a parking lot. But frequently getting lost, putting items in unusual locations, or losing things so frequently that it interferes with daily functioning are experiences that warrant medical attention.