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What are the Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease?

Posted Aug 02 2010 4:42pm
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are difficult to detect. Typically, early signs of Alzheimer's are missed because a person in an early stage of dementia can still do every day functions like driving a car or going to the supermarket for groceries.

Early Alzheimer's symptoms include slight memory loss, subtle changes in behavior, and confusion. Changes in behavior and confusion often alert families that something is wrong health wise. It is always a good idea to get the memory tested in any person over 65 years old that starts to evidence short term memory loss, moods swings, uncharacteristic behavior like meanness, or starts mentioning insecurities about normal behaviors like going out after dark.

As Alzheimer's progresses memory problems persist and worsen.

Symptoms Of Alzheimer's Disease

People with Alzheimer's often
One early sign of Alzheimer's is the inability to balance a checkbook or properly manage  finances. Eventually this worsens until a person has trouble recognizing and dealing with numbers.

Disorientation is another early sign of Alzheimer's. The inability to drive to and locate familiar places. The inability to find the bathroom in the home of a close friend or relative.

Persons's suffering from Alzheimer's disease often lose their sense of time, days, dates, and years.

They can find themselves lost in familiar surroundings.

Hoarding can be an early sign of Alzheimer's. Continually buying items like toilet paper, tooth paste, shampoo, or salad dressing can be a sign of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's or dementia.

Personality changes can be an early sign of Alzheimer's. Constant worries about money. Accusing others of stealing or people talking about them behind their back are examples.

Behaviors include
are all signs of Alzheimer's disease.

For a more comprehensive description of Alzheimer's disease including: symptoms, causes, treatments, drugs, testing and diagnosis go here.

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Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,690 articles with more than 70,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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