EARLY STAGE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Persons with early stage Alzheimer’s disease may appear “normal” at first...but their deficits may interfere with their ability to perform certain tasks and follow daily routines.

Persons with early stage Alzheimer’s disease may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Memory loss for recent events, which can manifest as...

    • Asking repeated questions
    • Telling the same story multiple times
    • Misplacing things
  • Disorientation, which can manifest as...

    • Becoming lost in places that used to be familiar
    • Difficulty following directions
    • Difficulty keeping track of dates and appointments
  • Aphasia/Anomia, which can manifest as...

    • Difficulty finding the right word when speaking
    • Difficulty recalling names
    • Calling objects or people by the wrong name
    • Difficulty with written language
  • Personality changes, which can manifest as...

    • Becoming more mellow or withdraw
    • Becoming more irritable or agitated
    • Becoming more self-centered or inconsiderate of others
  • Trouble with routines, which can manifest as...

    • Difficulty handling household responsibilities, such as balancing the checkbook or preparing a meal
    • Difficulty organizing the steps involved in completing complex tasks
    • Forgetting what has already been done and what hasn’t
  • Decline in hygiene, which can manifest as...

    • Becoming untidy in appearance; failing to groom appropriately
    • Forgetting to bathe regularly, or becoming resistant to personal hygiene tasks

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