The purpose of this list is to alert the public to the early warning signs
of one of the most devastating disorders affecting older people - Alzheimer's
disease. If someone has several or even most of these symptoms, it does not
mean they definitely have the disease. It does mean they should be thoroughly
examined by a medical specialist trained in evaluating memory disorders, such
as a neurologist or a psychiatrist, or by a comprehensive memory disorder
clinic, with an entire team of expert knowledge about memory problems.
For John MacInnes, the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease were startling. The
retired executive and former pastor in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., first realized
something was wrong as he was delivering a PowerPoint presentation to a
community group. “Then in mid-sentence, I had problems,” he says. “I had a
well-rehearsed script in front of me, but I couldn’t get the words right,
couldn’t get them out. That kind of shook me up.”
Memory loss and impaired thinking are hallmark symptoms of this disease...