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Do I Have Alzheimer's Disease? Quick Quiz Shows If Symptoms Mean It's Time to See Doctor

By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 11:31 PM

If you want to know if it's time to see a doctor about your memory problems, take this quick Alzheimer's disease quiz. Read and respond to the questions and then find the answers below:

1. You sometimes forget the names of people or appointments you made. Does this mean you should be concerned about Alzheimer’s disease?

2. Should you be concerned when you can no longer balance your checkbook or manage figures for your finances?

3. You sometimes don’t feel like making the social obligations you made earlier or you’re starting to feel weary about your job. Does this indicate the onset of Alzheimer’s?

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4. When you occasionally make a wrong turn while driving, should you be concerned about Alzheimer’s?

5. You forget the names of common objects. You substitute words incorrectly when describing objects. Is this a symptom of Alzheimer’s?

6. You frequently misplace items and can’t find them by going back over your steps. They finally wind up in unusual places they don’t belong. Is this something that’s just age related?

Answers:

1. No. Sometimes many people can forget names and appointments because of the confusion of the moment. But they remember them later on. Alzheimer's patients may forget recently learned information or they may not remember important dates and events in their lives, says Alzheimer's Association. In the early stages they have to remind themselves of information through notes or electronic devices.

2. Yes. When you make occasional errors in figuring out your bills or balancing your checkbook, it's not usually a problem. However, when you begin to have difficulty understanding numbers and can no longer keep track of your bills, it's a sign of the disease.

3. No. Everyone goes through periods when they tire of something. It's fine, as long as you get back to your normal routine and feelings. Alzheimer's, however, is associated with social withdrawal, depression and anxiety caused by the disease, says the Mayo Clinic. Patients can develop mood swings and distrust in others, no longer enjoying the activities they once enjoyed.

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4. No. Making a mistake on the road is something many people do once in a while. People with Alzheimer's will make mistakes and get lost in familiar locations. They may not even remember how they got there and can't find their way home.

5. Yes. Alzheimer's symptoms include difficulty in speaking and writing. Patients often can't come up with the right words to describe something, even an object they once knew. They also find it difficult to follow conversations. Reading and writing abilities eventually decline.

6. No, it's not age related. People of all ages misplace things, but usually find out where they put them. People with Alzheimer's can't retrace their steps to find the objects. They might put items in strange places, such as placing car keys in the refrigerator.

The information in this Alzheimer's disease quiz can help you understand the disorder and guide you in the right direction to seek medical advice if you know someone who might need attention.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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