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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:44 PM

Warning signs of Dementia, Use this tool to Check Your Senator or Representative

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____1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s, especially
in the early stages, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or
events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or
electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own. What's typical?
Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.
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____2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Some people may experience changes in their
ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar
recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do
things than they did before. What's typical? Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.
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____3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. People with Alzheimer’s
often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar
location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game. What’s typical?
Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.
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____4. Confusion with time or place. People with Alzheimer's can lose track of dates, seasons and the
passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately.
Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there. What's typical? Getting confused
about the day of the week but figuring it out later.
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____5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. For some people, having vision
problems is a sign of Alzheimer's. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining
color or contrast. In terms of perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room.
They may not recognize their own reflection. What's typical? Vision changes related to cataracts.
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____6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer's may have trouble
following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to
continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the
right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a watch a "hand clock"). What's typical?
Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.
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____7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. A person with Alzheimer’s disease
may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find
them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.
What's typical? Misplacing things from time to time, such as a pair of glasses or the remote control.
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____8. Decreased or poor judgment. People with Alzheimer's may experience changes in judgment or
decision making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large
amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. What's
typical? Making a bad decision once in a while.
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____9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. A person with Alzheimer's may start to remove
themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with
a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also avoid being social
because of the changes they have experienced. What's typical? Sometimes feeling weary of work,
family and social obligations.
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____10. Changes in mood and personality. The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer's can
change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset
at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. What's typical?
Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.
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Reply Warning signs of Dementia, Use this tool to Check Your Senator or Representative (Original post)
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 OP
SharonAnn Feb 2013 #1

Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:03 PM

1. Anecdotally, I've noticed that relatives whose thinking became more and more "black vs white" were

later diagnosed as having Alzheimer's Disease.

Perhaps it's because they could no longer deal with complex situations or interdependent issues and "black vs white" thinking was easier to comprehend.

I know this is anecdotal, but it has seemed consistent in my relatives and even family friends.

Interestingly, they also became more authoritarian as if trusting others to think through their problems/issues couldn't be trusted. There should only be "black vs white" answers and preferably they should be dictated by strong "leaders".

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