Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2013 Vol. 1 - page 12

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Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cleveland
person in the mirror.
What’s typical:
Vision changes 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. Sometimes,
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 judgment.
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 at-
tention 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 them-
selves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or
sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favor-
ite sports team or remembering how to complete a fa-
vorite hobby. They may also avoid being social because
of the changes they have experienced.
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