Alzheimer’s Symptoms Checklist

60,000 residents of San Diego and Imperial County battle Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent article in The San Diego Union Tribune. Perhaps you are concerned that your loved one might be suffering from this tragic degenerative disease. But how can you tell? Should you be worried if your loved one is starting to get a little forgetful, or is it normal for older adults to experience some memory loss? The article’s author provided a useful comparison between common Alzheimer’s symptoms and what can be considered normal for an aging adult.

Warning Signs

Normal Aging


  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Forgetting recently learned information
  • Asking the same question repeatedly
  • Occasionally forgetting a name or an appointment
  • Later remembering what was forgotten
  • Needing assistance using new technology


  • Confusion with time or place
  • Losing track of the passage of time
  • Forgetting where one is or how they got there
  • Struggling with vocabulary
  • Trouble following conversations
  • Temporarily forgetting the day of the week
  • Occasionally having trouble finding the right word

Emotional Changes

  • Difficulty completing familiar / previously simple tasks
  • Withdrawal from hobbies, social activities or other engagements
  • Inability to follow social norms
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Occasionally feeling uninterested in family or social obligations
  • Irritability when a daily routine is disrupted

Altered Judgement

  • Paying less attention to grooming and cleanliness
  • Mistrusting others / accusing them of stealing
  • Making a bad decision / mistake once in a while
  • Occasional errors when managing finances or household bills

Additional Symptoms of Alhzeimer’s

  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Being unable to continue past mid-sentence
  • Frequently putting things in unusual places
  • Losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

There are over 150 memory care homes in San Diego and Orange County that focus on providing care for those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s symptoms. If your loved one could benefit from the assistance provided in one of these facilities, please give us a call at: (619) 660-8814. We can help you find the one that best fits your needs and budget.

One thought on “Alzheimer’s Symptoms Checklist

  1. Abirra K Nartel says:

    Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia may be indicated by memory loss that interferes with daily functioning. Memory, thinking, and reasoning abilities gradually deteriorate as a result of the brain illness Alzheimer’s. Don’t disregard any of them if you observe them. Make an appointment to see your physician. Early detection allows you to investigate therapies that can lessen your symptoms and prolong your degree of independence. It also increases your chances of taking part in clinical drug studies that progress science. In my dad’s instance, we allowed him to live at so that he could receive any necessary care and assistance.

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