The Breckinridge: An Alzheimer's Residence

What Is Alzheimer's

Recognizing Alzheimer's

In order to help you know what warning signs to look for, the Alzheimer's Association has developed a checklist of common symptoms. If your loved one exhibits several of these signs, this individual may have some form of dementia. However additional testing will be required to make a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

  1. Recent memory loss that affects job skills. May forget things more often and not remember them later such as their bosses name and what they do.
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks. May continue to perform common tasks, like preparing a meal - but forget to serve it and forget it was even made.
  3. Problems with language. May forget words and substitute inappropriate words, making his or her sentences incomprehensible.
  4. Disorientation of time and place. Can become lost on their own street, not knowing where they are, how they got there or how to get back.
  5. Poor or decreased judgement. Can forget entirely his or her responsibilities, such as caring for a child. May also dress inappropriately, wearing several shirts or blouses.
  6. Problems with abstract thinking. May not only have difficulty with tasks like balancing a checkbook - but also may forget what the numbers are and what needs to be done with them.
  7. Misplacing things. May put things in inappropriate places, like an iron in the freezer, or a wrist watch in a sugar bowl.
  8. Changes in mood or behavior. May exhibit rapid mood swings - from calm to tears to anger - for no apparent reason.
  9. Changes in personality. Personality may change drastically, to include extreme confusion, suspicion or fearfulness.
  10. Loss of iniative. May become very passive and require cues and prompting to become involved in daily activities.
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