Warning Signs


Free every case of Alzheimer's disease is different, experts have identified common warning signs of the brain disease. Remember, Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging, and it is important to look for signs that might indicate Alzheimer's disease versus basic forgetfulness. With Alzheimer's disease, these symptoms gradually increase and become more persistent.

If someone is exhibiting these symptoms, the person should check out his or her concerns with a healthcare professional. Awareness of these warning signs is not a substitute for a structured screening or consultation with a primary care provider.

Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

  • Trouble with new memories
  • Relying on memory helpers
  • Difficulty finding words
  • Struggling to complete familiar tasks
  • Confusion about time, place or people
  • Misplacing familiar objects
  • Onset of new depression or irritability
  • Making bad decisions
  • Personality changes
  • Loss of interest in important responsibilities
  • Seeing or hearing things
  • Expressing false beliefs

Ten percent of those over 65 years of age and 50% of people over 85 are affected by Alzheimer's. More than 4.5 million Americans are believed to have Alzheimer's disease and by 2050, the number could increase to 13.2 million. Approximately 59,000 victims die and 350,000 new cases of Alzheimer's disease are diagnosed each year.