1 – Memory loss

Memory loss, thinking disorders, mood changes and behavior ... There are many early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease that can alert the patient and those around him. There is no need to be alarmed because there are similar symptoms caused by other diseases for which there are medical treatments. Therefore, if several of these symptoms coexist in the same person, it is important to consult a doctor to confirm the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

2 - Difficulty performing familiar tasks

Occasionally forgetting an appointment, a colleague's name or a phone number and remembering it later is a normal phenomenon. On the other hand, a person with Alzheimer's disease will frequently forget recent and important events to never remember.

3 - Language problems

As part of our everyday activities, we all get distracted and unhappy. A person with Alzheimer's disease may no longer be able to write, cook, peel vegetables, button his jacket, etc.

4 - Disorientation in space and time

It can sometimes be difficult to find the right word. A person with Alzheimer's will lose the ability to finish their sentences or substitute inappropriate words. It is then difficult for others to understand what it says.

5 - Judgment weakened

6 - Difficulties with abstract notions

7 - Misplaced objects

8 - Changes in mood or behavior

9 - Personality changes

10 - Lack of enthusiasm

It may happen that you temporarily forget the day of the week or even the place where you go. But someone with Alzheimer's may think of another season, another year away, or get lost in a known place: she no longer knows how she got there or how to get home. Code>

Sometimes, when you're not feeling well, you're slow to get treatment. But with the persistence or aggravation of the signs one ends up going to the doctor. A person with Alzheimer's disease is not alarmed by the gravity of his difficulties and even trivializes them, which worries his entourage. On the other hand, a person with Alzheimer's disease is no longer able to judge a situation and can make unreasonable decisions.

As you get older, a person may have difficulty adapting to new techniques. A person with Alzheimer's disease may no longer understand what the numbers are and what they need to do. Many will spend inconsiderate expenses that they would never have done before.

Anyone who can temporarily misplace his wallet or keys. A person with Alzheimer's disease will place the objects in inappropriate places (an iron in the freezer or a watch in the sugar bowl for example).

It happens to all of us to be sad and sullen. A person with Alzheimer's can change mood very quickly (from calm to crying or anger) for no apparent reason.

The personality of each can change somewhat with age. In a person with Alzheimer's disease, there will be very marked changes. For example, a once open and confident person will become withdrawn and suspicious. Among the possible changes are apathy, fear and difficult behaviors.

We all occasionally get tired of housekeeping, work, or social activities, but most people quickly regain their enthusiasm. A person with Alzheimer's disease will become passive faster without having a depressive speech. It will lose interest even in important events.

This sheet has been produced by the United States Alzheimer and Related Diseases. This national association was set up in 1985 by families of patients and professionals in the health and social sectors to provide support to disaffected and isolated parents of these 860,000 patients.