Site updated at Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Living with Dementia

10 Alzheimer’s warning signs

  • - Dementia News
  • Feb 06, 2012
  • Comments
  • Viewed: 2793
Tags: | abstract thinking | alzheimer's | alzheimer's disease | alzheimer's signs |

Alzheimers symptoms and signs are unique on each patient. Through that it sometimes will be tricky to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.
Several of the signs and symptoms present in Alzheimer’s disease also exist in other conditions and diseases.

Alzheimer’s disease is classified into several stages. Some doctors use a 7-stage framework, while others may use a 4, 5 or 6-stage one.

A common framework includes 1. Pre-Dementia Stage. 2. Mild Alzheimer’s Stage. 3. Moderate Alzheimer’s Stage. 4. Severe Alzheimer’s Stage. The example below is of a 7-stage framework. In stage 7 Alzheimers symptoms are most severe.

The Alzheimer’s Assn. has compiled a list of 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s and how they differ from mental glitches that shouldn’t faze you. They include:

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 or personality.

“A person doesn’t have to have all of them,” says Dr. David Reuben, chief of the geriatrics division in the Department of Medicine at UCLA. “But with three or four, maybe it’s time to get checked out.”

More information about these warning signs and what distinguishes them from normal behavior is available on the Alzheimer’s Assn. website,

Page 1

1 2 Next »

Post a comment [ + Comment here + ]

There are no comments for this entry yet. [ + Comment here + ]

Your details

* Required field

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Comments are moderated by our editors, so there may be a delay between submission and publication of your comment. Offensive or abusive comments will not be published.

Living With Dementia

petersen1 - lrp61 - difficulties with swallowing1 - alzheimer's researchers1 - risk for alzheimer disease1 - caregiving2 - artery-clogging process1 - retinopathy1 - alzheimer's-like tau tangles1 - poor sleep1 - invisible disease1 - eye tremor1 - imbeciles1 - sleep-disordered breathing1 - protease enzyme1 - myelination1 - impaired balance and coordination1 - insomnia2 - alzheimer's prevention1 - vascular dementia13 - trigger for alzheimer's1 - tau protein1 - dementia community1 - tavi2 - degenerationist hypothesis1 - journal of the american geriatrics society1 - senile dementia4 - restlessness1 - stepfamily1 - mitochondrial function1 -