Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland

26 www. BoomersResourceGuide .com Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. For some peop l e , hav i ng vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have diff iculty reading, judging dis- tance and determining color or contrast. In terms of perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room. They may not realize they are the person in the mirror. What’s typical: Vision chang- es related to cataracts. New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”). What’s typical: Sometimes having trouble finding the right word. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Some- times, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time. What’s typical: Misplacing things from time to time, such as a pair of glasses or the remote control. Decreased or poor judg- ment. People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. What’s typical: Making a bad decision once in a while. Withdrawal from work or social activities. A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •