Warning Sign #1: Memory Changes that Disrupt 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 are typical age-related changes? Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.
Warning Sign #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 are typical age-related changes? Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.