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10 Warning Signs


TEN WARNING SIGNS
OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE/DEMENTIA

Recent memory loss that affects job skills
It is normal to forget meetings, colleagues’ names, or a business associate’s telephone number occasionally, but then remember them later.  A person with dementia may forget things more often, and not remember them later.

Difficulty performing familiar tasks
Busy  people  can be so distracted from time to time that they may leave the carrots on the stove and only remember to serve them when the meat has finished.  A person with dementia might prepare a meal and not only forget to serve it, but also forget they made it.
 
Problems with language
Everyone has trouble finding the  right word sometimes, but a person with dementia may forget simple words or substitute inappropriate words.
 
Disorientation of time and place
It is normal to forget the day of the week or your destination for a moment.  But people with dementia can become lost on their own street, not knowing where they are, how they got there or how to get back home.
 
Poor or decreased judgement
Dementia affects a person’s memory and concentration and this is turn affects their judgement.  Many activities, such as driving, require good judgement and when this ability is affected, the person will be a risk, not only to themselves, but to others on the road.
 
Problems with abstract thinking
Balancing a cheque book may be difficult for many of us.  Someone with dementia could forget completely what the numbers are and what needs to be done with them.
 
Misplacing things
Anyone can temporarily misplace a wallet or keys.  A person with dementia may repeatedly put things in inappropriate places.
 
Changes in mood or behaviour
Everyone becomes sad or moody from time to time.  Someone with dementia can have rapid mood swings from calm to tears or anger, for no apparent reason.
 
Changes in personality
People’s personalities can change a little with age.  But a person with dementia can become suspicious or fearful, or just apathetic and uncommunicative.  They may also become dis-inhibited, over-familiar or more outgoing than previously.
 
Loss of initiative
It is normal to tire of housework,. Business activities or social obligations.  The person with dementia may become very passive and require cues prompting them to become involved.

Source  :  Adapted from Alzheimer’s Association NSW



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