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?
Forgetting recent events or difficulty retaining new information
Difficulty performing familiar tasks
Preparing a meal or shopping
Finding the right words or using inappropriate words
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
Putting things in odd places like storing an iron in the fridge
Sharp mood swings, from calm to tears to depression that are hard to explain
Becoming unusually withdrawn, suspicious or anxious
Loss of initiative
Withdrawing from friends and family and losing interest in activities
Information courtesy Alzheimer Society of Canada.