—Memory changes that disrupt daily life. Forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, relying more on reminder notes and other memory aids. Normal aging: Sometimes forgetting names or appointments but remembering them later.
—Challenges in planning or solving problems. Changes in ability to work with numbers, follow a recipe, track bills. Normal aging: Occasional mistakes when balancing a checkbook.
—Difficulty completing familiar tasks. Trouble driving somewhere familiar, managing a budget at work, remembering rules of a game. Normal aging: Occasionally needing help with settings on a microwave or to record a TV show.
—Confusion with time or place. Losing track of dates or seasons; forgetting where they are or how they got there. Normal aging: Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later.
—Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. Difficulty reading, judging distance, determining colour. Normal aging: Vision changes from cataracts.
—New problems with words in speaking or writing. Trouble following or joining a conversation, repeating themselves. Normal aging: Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.
—Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Putting things in unusual places, losing things, accusing others of stealing. Normal aging: Occasionally misplacing things and retracing steps to find them.
—Decreased or poor judgment. Bad moves with money, less attention to grooming. Normal aging: Making a bad decision once in a while.
—Withdrawal from work or social activities. Normal aging: Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.
—Changes in mood and personality. Becoming confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. Normal aging: Developing specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.
Alzheimer's info: http://www.alzheimers.gov
Alzheimer's Association: http://www.alz.org
Warning signs: http://www.alz.org/10signs
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