THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NORMAL AGING AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
NORMAL SIGNS OF AGING
- Forgetting the names of people seen infrequently.
- Momentarily forgetting a lived experience.
- Not storing items in the usual or proper manner.
- Changes in mood due to a known cause.
- Changes in interests.
EARLY SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S
- Forgetting the names of loved ones.
- Forgetting a recent experience.
- Storing items in unusual places.
- Unpredictable mood changes.
- Decrease in interest to participate in activities.
10 EARLY SIGNS TO WATCH FOR
- Memory loss affecting daily activities.
Example: repeating oneself (sometimes in the same conversation); forgetting more often (especially recent events).
- Difficulty performing routine tasks.
Example: difficulty with planning, solving problems, organizing, or reasoning.
- Difficulty with language.
Example: mixing up words, forgetting simple terms, making difficult to understand sentences, inventing words, or withdrawing oneself from conversation to avoid making mistakes.
- Disorientation in space and time.
Example: getting lost in known places, mistaking or not recognizing the current season.
- Decrease in judgement.
Example: dressing inappropriately, making unnecessary purchases, or making inappropriate comments.
- Abstract concepts become difficult.
Example: having difficulty making a budget, not understanding the representation of numbers.
- Misplacing or storing items in the wrong places.
Example: storing a book in the refrigerator, puttingkeys in the sugar bowl.
- Changes in behaviour and mood.
Exemple: Repeating the same activity, inappropriate mood swings.
- Changes in personality.
Example : unusual, fearful or suspicious behaviour.
- General loss of interest.
Example: decreased interest in participating in social activities or domestic tasks, decreased interest in seeing family or friends