Symptoms that may indicate early stages of Alzheimer's include memory loss that disrupts daily life, challenges in planning or solving problems, confusion with time or place, and difficulty completing familiar tasks, explains the Alzheimer's Association. Withdrawal from work or social activities may also occur.
Changes in mood and personality, decreased or poor judgement, new problems with words when speaking or writing, misplacing things and not being able to retrace steps, and trouble understanding visual and spatial relationships are also common signs of early Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association. A person who is experiencing these symptoms should not ignore them. A person with Alzheimer's may experience one symptom or multiple symptoms, and it is also common for the degree or severity of symptoms to vary from person to person.
Typical age-related issues that should not be confused with Alzheimer's symptoms include forgetting a monthly payment, losing things or making a bad decision occasionally, forgetting what day it is and then remembering, or occasionally forgetting which word to use, states the Alzheimer's Association. Everyone has memory lapses on occasion, explains Mayo Clinic. Often, the person with Alzheimer's is the first one to notice that he is having more difficulty remembering things.