Difficulty with planning, problem solving, or completing familiar tasks
People living with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in their ability to work with numbers, create and follow a plan, or accomplish familiar daily tasks in a reasonable amount of time.
Confusion about time or place
Alzheimer’s can lead to difficulty keeping track of dates, seasons, and the passage of time, as well as forgetting where one is and how one got there.
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
Vision problems are a sign of Alzheimer’s and may lead to difficulty with balance, reading, judging distances, determining color or contrast, and driving.
Recent difficulty with speaking or writing
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or participating in conversations. They may stop in the middle of a sentence, repeat themselves, or use the wrong words when referring to familiar objects.
Misplacing things and decreased ability to retrace steps
Placing everyday items in unusual places and an inability to retrace one’s steps to find misplaced items are symptoms of Alzheimer’s. This may lead to accusing others of stealing lost items as the disease progresses.
Decreased or poor judgment
Changes in judgment or decision-making, such as making bad financial decisions and paying less attention to grooming, are indicative of Alzheimer’s disease.
Withdrawal from social activities
Since Alzheimer’s can cause a person to have difficulty with words and conversations, he or she may stop participating in social activities, hobbies, and other engagements.
Changes in mood and personality
People living with Alzheimer’s may experience dramatic mood swings and personality changes. They can become increasingly confused, anxious, suspicious, depressed, and fearful, particularly when outside their comfort zone.