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What are the seven warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease?
The seven warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are:
- Asking the same question over and over again
- Repeating the same story, word for word, again and again
- Forgetting how to cook, how to make repairs, how to play cards, or any other activities that were previously done with ease and regularity
- Losing one’s ability to pay bills or balance one’s checkbook
- Getting lost in familiar surroundings, or misplacing household objects
- Neglecting to bathe, or wearing the same clothes over and over again, while insisting that one has taken a bath or that clothes are still clean
- Relying on someone else, such as a spouse, to make decisions
It is important to understand that even if someone has several or even most of these symptoms, it does not mean they definitely have Alzheimer’s disease. It does mean they should be thoroughly examined by a medical specialist trained in evaluating memory disorders, such as a neurologist or a psychiatrist, or by a comprehensive memory disorder clinic with an entire team of experts knowledgeable about memory problems.