1. Memory Loss
What’s normal? Forgetting names or appointments occasionally.
2. Difficulty Performing Familiar Tasks
What’s normal? Occasionally forgetting why you came into a room or what you planned to say.
3. Problems with Language
What’s normal? Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.
4. Disorientation to Time and Place
What’s normal? Forgetting the day of the week or where you were going.
5. Poor or Decreased Judgment
What’s normal?Making a questionable or debatable decision from time to time.
6. Problems with Abstract Thinking
What’s normal?Finding it challenging to balance a checkbook.
7. Misplacing Things
What’s normal? Misplacing keys or a wallet temporarily.
8. Changes in Mood or Behavior
What’s normal?Occasionally feeling sad or moody.
9. Changes in Personality
What’s normal?People’s personalities do change somewhat with age.
10. Loss of Initiative
What’s normal?Sometimes feeling weary of work or social obligations.
If you recognize any warning signs in yourself or a loved one, the Alzheimer’s Association recommends consulting a doctor. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other disorders causing dementia is an important step to getting appropriate treatment, care and support services. Everyone forgets a name or misplaces keys occasionally. Many healthy people are less able to remember certain kinds of information as they get older. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are much more severe than simple memory lapses. If you or someone you know is experiencing Alzheimer symptoms, consult a doctor.