There are many Alzheimer's symptoms besides memory loss that can be an indication that someone has or is developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Here’s a list of them:
- Placing keys in the refrigerator instead of on the key rack - This symptom of Alzheimer’s indicates that the proteins in the brain have been disrupted by the beta-amyloid plaques.
- Asking someone the same question multiple times - It’s normal to have to ask someone the same question if you weren’t listening in the first place; however, someone with Alzheimer’s is listening and still can’t remember the answer.
- Forgetting important events or appointments - The timeline is off kilter in the mind of someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Slacking off on personal hygiene - This may be a matter of forgetting rather than not choosing to bathe.
- Forgetting how to play a game they have played in the past regularly.
- Developing vision problems that make it difficult to read or 3-D perception problems.
- Difficulty finding the right word in a conversation - We all may do this from time to time but someone with Alzheimer’s does this more often.
- Losing personal objects and then not remembering all the things that were done during the day before losing the object.
- Difficulty balancing a checkbook.
- Forsaking personal hobbies that once held their interest - Depression is common in those who have Alzheimer’s and possibly part of the reason why hobbies aren’t preferred activities anymore.
- Moodiness and easily irritated by others - Moods are controlled by the brain to a large extent.
- Any activity involving planning is difficult.
- Poor judgment with financial transactions - Numerical computations are in a part of the brain that is disrupted in Alzheimer’s.
- Taking a long time to make a mental or physical calculation.
- Losing track of the seasons of the year or the month of the year.
- Repeating what was said in a conversation.
- Cessation of talking during a conversation, in the middle of a sentence.
If you see evidence of Alzheimer’s disease in a loved one, schedule an appointment with their doctor and pick them up to take them there.