The symptoms of Alzheimer's vary with the stage of the disease. At first, the only symptom may be forgetfulness, which many people believe to be a normal part of ageing. However, as the disease advances, you may start to repeat statements and questions, not realizing that you've asked the question before. Another sign is forgetting conversations or entire events. You may start misplacing your possessions and forgetting names of family members, friends and everyday objects.
You may also start to lose sense of time and days, as well as your surroundings. You may get lost frequently and forget your way home. You may also lose the ability to read and write, have trouble finding the right words and have difficulty in expressing yourself. Thinking and reasoning abilities are also affected, as well as decision making and judgments. Familiar tasks and activities, such as dressing and bathing may become troublesome, leaving you entirely dependent on a caregiver. Alzheimer's disease also causes changes in personality and leads to depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, mood swings, aggressiveness, distrust and illusions. These symptoms develop over time.
If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, you may still retain the ability to enjoy certain activities until the disease has progressed to a much later stage.