Typical Age-Related Changes vs. Signs of Early Alzheimer’s Disease
- Sometimes forgetting names or appointments (but remembering them later) vs. forgetting recently learned information or significant dates; asking for the same information repeatedly.
- Making errors in the checkbook from time to time vs. having trouble managing monthly bills or maintaining concentration or taking much longer to do things than before.
- Sometimes needing help operating electronics or making a wrong turn vs. experiencing difficulty remembering the rules of a favorite game, finding a familiar location, or remembering how you got where you are.
- Having trouble finding the right word vs. finding it difficult to follow a conversation or calling objects by the wrong name.
- Misplacing things occasionally vs. putting things in unusual places, such as placing the car keys in the refrigerator.
- Making a poor decision now and then vs. using poor judgment when dealing with money or failing to keep clean or groom oneself.
- Becoming set in one’s ways or occasionally feeling blue vs. being confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious; having rapid mood changes; or becoming easily upset outside of one’s comfort zone.
- Feeling the cold more vs. dressing regardless of the weather.
- Canceling a date with friends vs. withdrawing from social situations, watching TV for hours, or sleeping excessively.