Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2017 Summer/Fall Edition - page 24

Trouble understanding
visual images and spatial
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
What’s typical:
having trouble finding the right
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:
things from time to time, such
as a pair of glasses or the remote
Decreased or poor judg-
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
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A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove
themselves from hobbies, social activities,
work projects or sports.
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