According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the warning signs are:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
Let's take a look at a few fictitious characters based on the life of real situations.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Aaleigha Bellana is 77 years old. She often forgets recently learned information and important dates, events, and appointments. She often asks the same question repeatedly, each time forgetting that people already answered it. She often does not even remember she already asked the question. She often forgets the names of family members and everyday objects.
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Caitlin Daffodile is 79 years old. She often has trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. She often has difficulty concentrating and takes much longer to do things than she did before. She often forgets what numbers are for and how they should be used. She often has trouble balancing her checkbook.
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
Ebony Favel is 82 years old. She often finds it hard to plan or complete daily tasks. She often has trouble remembering the rules of her favorite game. She often cooks a meal but forgets to serve it. She often even forgets cooking it.
Confusion with time or place
Gala Hadley is 81 years old. She often becomes lost in her own neighborhood, forgets where she is and how she gets there, and does not know how to get back home. She often loses her sense of time and dates.
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
Ianna Lael is 85 years old. She often has vision problems, difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast.
New problems with words in speaking or writing
Mabel Keanah is 80 years old. She often has trouble following or joining a conversation. She often call things by the wrong name. She often forgets simple words or substitute unusual words.
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Nikala Jypsie is 83 years old. She often puts things in unusual places. She often loses things and is unable to find them again. Sometimes she accuses others of stealing.
Decreased or poor judgment
Ameeka Yokaria is 78 years old. She often uses use poor judgment when dealing with money. She often pays less attention to grooming or keeping herself clean.
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Zyndalee Lululu is 58 years old. She does not have any hobbies and projects. She has become very passive. She often sits in front of the TV for hours, sleeping more than usual or not wanting to do usual activities. She does not want to go places or see other people. She avoids being social.
Changes in mood and personality
Bharnee Jenae is 84 years old. She often is confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. She is easily upset at home, or in places where she is out of her comfort zone. She often shows rapid mood swings for no apparent reason. She often has drastic changes in personality, often becoming irritable.
These early signs may mean that these women have Alzheimer’s disease, but that does not mean they definitely have Alzheimer’s. If someone you love encounter any of these signs, they should be examined by a health care professional in order to receive the proper evaluation and diagnosis.There are other conditions that can produce treatable symptoms that are similar to Alzheimer’s disease.
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