Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
When short-term memory becomes an ongoing problem, it could be more than just normal ageing – it could be the early signs of Alzheimer's disease.
This section will help you recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease – and see how they differ from normal ageing. There's also a Symptom Diary for you to record what you're seeing in the family member you're concerned about as well as a simple test that may help you decide whether the signs you're witnessing warrant a visit with the doctor for further evaluation.
The Subtle Clues
Depending on the day, Betts would paint whirlpools or dragons. Her best friend Sybil says it took a long time to recognise the changes in her friends paintings and behaviour and that the dragons were a sign of fear. Being afraid was a major obstacle in getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. But once it happened, they got the help they needed.
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The sooner you recognise the warning signs in someone you care about, the sooner you can speak to a doctor and ensure that they get the help they need.
- Early detection by family members and friends
Carers play a key role in recognising the signs of Alzheimer's disease.
- 10 early signs
Find out how to spot the disease while it's still in its early stage.
- Normal ageing vs. Alzheimer's Disease
Is what you're seeing just a normal part of ageing? Learn the difference between Alzheimer's disease and ageing.
- Symptom diary
To help determine if it is Alzheimer's disease, or to help their doctor optimise treatment, track the symptoms of the person you care about using this handy diary.
- Should we see a doctor?
How to know when it's time to make an appointment.