According to a 2011 Alzheimer Society of Canada poll, 50 per cent of Canadian baby boomers identified memory loss as the only sign of Alzheimer’s disease, while a quarter couldn’t name any sign at all. Do you know what the signs are?

Memory Loss

Forgetting recent events or difficulty retaining new information 
 

Difficulty performing familiar tasks

Preparing a meal or shopping
 

Language problems

Finding the right words or using inappropriate words
 

Disorientation

Getting lost on the way to work or being confused about the time of day 
 

Poor or decreased judgment

Neglecting personal hygiene or safety
 

Problems with abstract thinking

Difficulty balancing a cheque book or not understanding what the numbers mean
 

Misplacing things

Putting things in odd places like storing an iron in the fridge
 

Behavioural changes

Sharp mood swings, from calm to tears to depression that are hard to explain
 

Personality changes

Becoming unusually withdrawn, suspicious or anxious
 

Loss of initiative

Withdrawing from friends and family and losing interest in activities


 

More information about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Read about forms of demenia. 

Information courtesy Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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