Alzheimer’s Disease – 10 Signs of Early Detection

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decrease or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

Earliest Alzheimer Stages

In the earliest stages, before symptoms can be detected with current tests, plaques and tangles begin to form in brain areas involved in:

  • Learning and memory
  • Thinking and planning
  • Concentration

Example: Mr. Black used to enjoy sitting in the living room and watching detective shows, but he doesn’t have much interest anymore. Now, when you turn the TV on, he sits for a bit and gets up and goes to his room. Mr. Black has trouble concentrating on the plot. His memory loss and lack of concentration make it impossible for him to follow the storyline and understand what is happening.

Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s

Develops problems with memory or thinking serious enough to interfere with work or social life.


  • Have trouble handling money
  • Expressing themselves
  • Organizing thoughts.
  • Speaking and understanding speech
  • Sense of where body is in relation to objects around them
  • Experience changes in personality and behavior
  • Trouble recognizing friends and family members

Severe Alzheimer’s Disease Progression

In advanced Alzheimer’s disease, most of the cortex is seriously damaged. The brain shrinks dramatically due to widespread cell death.


  • Individuals lose their ability to:
    • communicate effectively
    • recognize family and loved ones
    • care for themselves

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