1. Memory loss that causes issues in daily living.
Example: Forgetting recently gotten information - dates, places, names; needing to rely on reminders like sticky notes.
2. Issues with solving problems or planning things.
Example: Trouble following simple recipes when cooking; issues with concentrating for long.
3. Having trouble with completing familiar tasks at home, work, in free, leisurely time.
Example: A person can't remember the rules to a game they nornally play and enjoy.
4. Confused about places, times, seasons.
Example: A person forgets something is happening if it doesn't happen immediately.
5. Issues following and understanding the visual and spatial.
Example: A person may have issues seeing color contrast in favored art pieces.
6. Problems with speaking and writing.
Example: A person may stop talking in the middle of a conversation and not remember what they were saying or why.
7. Losing items and not being able to "retrace" their steps to find it.
Example: A person with Alzheimer's may missplace an item and then accuse someone of stealing.
8. Impaired judgment.
Example: Someone might easily succumb to telemarketing schemes if they get on the phone with one because they lose the ability to reason well with financial matters.
9. Isolating themselves and withdrawing from social settings.
Example: Someone will likely show lack of interest in hobbies and social activities they normally love.
10. Mood swings and personality changes.
Example: Someone will often experience personality and mood changes from normally easy going to anxious or upset or confused.
Alzheimer's has no cure. But we can fight back. Donate to the cause and educate yourself. Eat right, exercise, stay sharp and active.
Source: Alzheimer's Association