Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

FAQs: What are the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease?

The most common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are:

  • Asking the same question or repeating the same story over and over again
  • Forgetting how to do activities that were previously routine, such as cooking, making repairs, or playing cards
  • Losing the ability to handle money or balance a checkbook
  • Getting lost in familiar surroundings or misplacing household objects
  • Neglecting to bathe or wearing the same clothes over and over again and often insisting that he or she has bathed or that his or her clothes are still clean
  • Relying on someone else, such as a spouse, to make decisions or answer questions he or she previously would have handled themselves.

Learn more about the symptoms of AD at www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/topics/symptoms.

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