10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Dr. Votalato

By Dr. Chris Votolato, Director of Behavioral Health at Shell Point Retirement

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 10 warning signs — along with the advice of a doctor — that are critical to detecting Alzheimer’s.If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs, please consult a physician.

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. People with Alzheimer’s may forget important dates or repeatedly ask the same question.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Managing bills or following a familiar recipe becomes difficult. Regular tasks take much longer than before.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure. Daily tasks are hard to complete – such as driving to a familiar location or remembering the rules of a favorite game.
  4. Confusion with time or place. People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons, and the passing of time. Sometimes they forget where they are or how they got there.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. Reading, judging distance, and determining color or contrast become difficult. A reflection in the mirror may appear as another person in the room.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. Participating in a conversation poses a problem. Vocabulary is a struggle when searching for the right word.
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps;
  8. Decreased or poor judgment. Some people experience changes in decision-making abilities and use poor judgment when dealing with money, hygiene, etc.
  9. Withdrawal from social situations or favorite hobbies.
  10. Changes in mood or personality. Some people begin to experience confusion, suspicion, depression, fear, and anxiety.

About Chris Votolato, Psy.D, Director of Behavioral Health, Shell Point Retirement Community

Dr. Chris Votolato has been with Shell Point since 2007. Dr. Votolato received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. His undergraduate degree from Loyola College and his master’s degree from the University of Baltimore are both in the field of Psychology. In addition to his administrative role at Shell Point, Dr. Votolato provides both therapeutic and neurocognitive services to geriatric patients in outpatient, long-term and acute rehabilitation care, and nursing home settings. He has special interests in memory and cognition, as well as stress and anxiety. He has presented to a wide variety of audiences from consumer groups to police officers, on a range of topics related to mental illness and stress.

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