Know the Signs

Recognizing Alzheimer’s Disease.

There is a difference between a normal age-related symptom and Alzheimer’s disease, a chronic condition. Memory loss is not always a ‘normal sign of aging.’ If memory loss disrupts daily life or tasks, it may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms* that should be discussed with a doctor if they are noticed in oneself or a loved one.

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  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relations
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, and it affects an individual’s memory, thinking and behavior. Understanding Alzheimer’s is the first step to recognizing signs in yourself or loved ones.

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What to do if you’re seeing the signs?

If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms, it’s important to take action. It’s okay to be afraid. Some people may even feel embarrassed or ashamed. But open communication with family, friends and health care providers can lead to better outcomes and increased support.

An Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis is a multi-step process, and it starts with a conversation with your physician to determine if Alzheimer’s disease can or cannot be ruled out based on symptoms experienced. Taking the first step does not mean a loss of agency.

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Step 1

Talk to your doctor about a screening.

Learn about Alzheimer’s screening

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Step 2

Meet with a specialist for a formal diagnosis.

Find Out How

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Step 3

Make a plan for your future.

Learn About Planning & Care