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Understanding the Changes





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Memory Loss: Forgetting recently learned information. Person tends to forget more often.

Difficulty Performing Daily Tasks: They may find it hard to make a phone call or prepare a meal.

Problems with Language: The person will often forget simple words or substitute unusual words. For instance saying, "Where's that thing for my hair?" instead of saying comb.

Disorientation to Time and Place: A person with Alzheimer's may become lost in a familiar place like their own neighborhood or grocery store. They may forget where they are, how they got there and how to get back home.

Poor or Decreased Judgment: The person affected may dress inappropriately, such as wearing many layers of clothing on a warm day.

Misplacing Items: A person with Alzheimer's disease may put items in unusual places. They might place a book in the refrigerator.

Loss of initiative: A person may not participate in family functions or conversations. A person affected by the disease may sit in front of the T.V. for hours at a time.

Changes in Personality: The personalities of persons with Alzheimer's may change dramatically. They may suddenly become extremely confused, suspicious, or not trust a dependant family member.



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