Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia, includes many symptoms and warning signs including memory loss and changes in mood. Find out what you can do.

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Alzheimer's Disease Warning Signs


(NOVEMBER 2013) Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia associated with memory loss and loss of brain function. The disease most commonly affects individuals over age 60, but it’s certainly not isolated to the senior population.

Many factors can contribute to developing Alzheimer’s. While family history and genetics are indicators of higher risk, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop Alzheimer’s simply because someone else in your family has it.

There are five top warning signs to watch for if you believe a loved one might have Alzheimer’s:

Memory  Loss

  • Forgetting important dates
  • Repeatedly asking for the same information
  • Needing help with things she would have easily done on her own before

Difficulty with Problem Solving

  • Trouble following plans, such as a recipe she used to make with ease
  • Concentrating is harder and tasks take more time to finish

Loss of Time and Place

  • Difficulty keeping track of time, dates, even years
  • Forgetting where she is or how she got there

Decreased Judgment and Decision-Making Skills

  • Not fully thinking things out
  • Carelessness with tasks she used to be skilled at
  • Falling victim of scams

Changes in Mood and Personality

  • Personality suddenly changes in new environments
  • Can’t control her moods

If you notice these signs, take your loved one to a doctor for an evaluation as soon as possible. Without proper care and supervision, Alzheimer’s sufferers face multiple risks to their physical, mental and even financial health. That’s why it’s so important that they wear medical alert jewelry to provide valuable insight to others who may need to assist them when loved ones aren’t nearby.