Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: What You Need to Know
What are the signs of Alzheimer's disease?
It’s important to know the signs of Alzheimer’s disease. If you know the signs, you can get help right away. Some signs of the disease are listed here:
- finding it hard to remember things
- asking the same questions over and over
- having trouble paying bills or solving simple math problems
- getting lost
- losing things or putting them in odd places
- forgetting how to brush your teeth or comb your hair
- being confused about time, people, or places
- forgetting the names of common things, such as a desk, house, or apple
- wandering away from home
Mild cognitive impairment
Some older people have a condition called mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. It can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s. But, not everyone with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s disease. People with MCI can still take care of themselves and do their normal activities. MCI memory problems may include:
- losing things often
- forgetting to go to events or appointments
- having more trouble coming up with words than other people the same age.
If you have MCI, it’s important to see your doctor or specialist every 6 to 12 months. Ask him or her to check for changes in your memory and thinking.
Use the chart below to help you understand the differences between Alzheimer's disease and normal signs of aging.
|Alzheimer’s disease||Normal aging|
|Making poor judgments and decisions a lot of the time||Making a bad decision once in a while|
|Problems taking care of monthly bills||Missing a monthly payment|
|Losing track of the date or time of year||Forgetting which day it is and remembering it later|
|Trouble having a conversation||Sometimes forgetting which word to use|
|Misplacing things often and being unable to find them||Losing things from time to time|
Page Last Updated: March 21, 2014