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.