Dec 29, 2012

What Was the First Sign of Alzheimer's Disease in Your Case?

Was memory loss the first sign of dementia or did something else tip you off that something was wrong?

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room 

What Was the First Sign of Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Reading Room

When interviewed I get a version of this question every time. What were the early signs of Alzheimer's disease in your mother?

As many of you know, if you look at the various lists of the early signs of Alzheimer's disease you will usually see this listed first -- Memory loss is the most common sign of Alzheimer's disease.

Memory loss. Was memory loss the sign that "tipped" me to my mother's dementia. NO.

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I am interested in hearing what you believe were the early signs that caused you to think that it might be Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

I know that most Alzheimer's caregivers conclude after the diagnosis, and after they gain a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease, that there were early signs that they missed or ignored.

For this discussion, I am interested in what you noticed as the early signs of Alzheimer's disease or early signs of dementia.

I'll write about our experience later. However, I can say this -- number one on my list is number ten on most lists.

Please use the comments box to answer the question. I would appreciate your insight. I might be able to use this information when I am interviewed on television and radio.

You are also welcome to write about this and submit an article if you care to do so.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 5,000 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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