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The Alzheimer Enigma

in an Aging World

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The Alzheimer Enigma in an Aging World

Prof. Margaret Lock-McGill University

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

While acknowledging alarming changes in yourself or your loved one can be frightening, seeking medical help for the symptoms of dementia is very important.

 If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s, you should schedule a visit to your doctor as soon as possible.

It is important to note that many of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s type dementia are also symptoms of other illnesses which can be treated or reversed.

Memory loss that affects job performance:

Frequent forgetfulness or unexplainable confusion at work or home.

Difficulty performing familiar tasks:

Everyday tasks such as cooking meals or using a washing

machine becomes a challenge

Problems with language:

Forgetting simple words or substituting inappropriate words 

Disorientation as to time and place:

Frequently getting lost in familiar areas

Poor or decreased judgment:

Dressing inappropriately (i.e. winter jacket in the summer)

Problems with abstract thinking:

Difficulty doing basic math calculations, understanding numbers, etc.

Misplacing things in unusual places:

For example, putting a watch in the freezer

Changes in mood or behaviour:

Rapid mood swings (i.e. from calm to tearful) for no apparent reason

 Changes in personality:

A person with Alzheimer’s can exhibit dramatic changes in personality

including paranoia, anxiety, confusion and dependency.

 Loss of initiative:

A prolonged lack of interest or involvement in regular activities.

The person may become passive and withdrawn.

(Source Alzheimer Groupe Inc)