Most people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s get it later in their lives, with initial symptoms typically appearing in their mid-60s. These symptoms vary with each person diagnosed.


The Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease


In the early stages of the disease, one might not notice any difference in their senior loved one that raises any major red flags. However, it’s important to be cognizant of what the symptoms look like early on in the diagnosis so as to be best able to handle them. Some of these signs are:


  • Loss of memory
  • Bad decisions made due to poor judgment
  • Lack of initiative and/or spontaneity
  • Taking more time than usual to complete daily tasks
  • Repetitive questions
  • Struggling with paying bills and/or handling money
  • Wandering and/or getting lost
  • Losing personal items or placing them in strange places
  • Mood shifts and personality changes
  • Spike in aggression and/or anxiety


Later Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease


As the disease progresses, constant care and supervision might be needed for your loved one who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The signs that their Alzheimer’s is getting worse may include:


  • An increase in memory loss and general confusion
  • Loss of ability to learn new things
  • Difficulty with general comprehension— this includes language, reading, writing, and numbers
  • Struggle with organizing ideas and thoughts— inability to think logically



If you suspect your elderly loved one has Alzheimer’s, be sure not to wait in taking them to their primary care doctor and making the proper arrangements for their well-being.