Alzheimer's: The 10 Most Dangerous Signs



( – It may be hard to know the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Because African-Americans are more likely to have vascular disease (disorders affecting the circulatory system), they may also be at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s.

To help, here is a list of warning signs for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of the 10 warning signs, please see a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future.

1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own. What’s typical? Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.