Memoryloss

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

  1. Memory loss affecting daily activities.
    Example: repeating oneself (sometimes in the same conversation); forgetting more often (especially recent events).  
  2. Difficulty performing routine tasks.
    Example: difficulty with planning, solving problems, organizing, or reasoning.
  3. 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.
  4. Disorientation in space and time.
    Example: getting lost in known places, mistaking or not recognizing the current season.
  5. Decrease in judgement.
    Example: dressing inappropriately, making unnecessary purchases, or making inappropriate comments.
  6. Abstract concepts become difficult.
    Example: having difficulty making a budget, not understanding the representation of numbers.
  7. Misplacing or storing items in the wrong places.
    Example: storing a book in the refrigerator, puttingkeys in the sugar bowl.
  8. Changes in behaviour and mood. 
    Exemple: Repeating the same activity, inappropriate mood swings.
  9. Changes in personality. 
    Example :  unusual, fearful or suspicious behaviour.
  10.  General loss of interest.
    Example: decreased interest in participating in social activities or domestic tasks, decreased interest in seeing family or friends
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