Re-blogged from Dementia SOS. I hope this can help enlighten. The signs know no race nor culture – they are universal.

Dementia SOS

Identifying Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia in the early stages can be confusing.  Some signs are more subtle than others.  Alzheimer’s symptoms are also typically as unique as the individuals themselves.  But early diagnosis is highly desirable for managing this disease.

Some of the more obvious signs include:

  • Delusions, such as accusing people of stealing
  • Hallucinations
  • Not remembering the names of close family members
  • Speaking to relatives that are no longer alive

If you see any of these signs above, do not hesitate – take your loved in to see his/her physician immediately.

Less obvious signs include:

  • Difficulty finding the right words during communication
  • Fear of going out in public, or at night
  • More and more frequent short-term memory loss
  • Agitation and/or mood swings
  • Poor judgment
  • Misplacing things
  • Repetitive speech
  • Depression and/or withdrawal
  • Lack of motivation
  • Less attention to personal hygiene
  • Trouble sleeping

It would be easy to just…

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