1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life – forgetting recently learned information or important dates
2. Trouble in planning or solving problems – difficulty following familiar instructions, recipes, how to pay monthly bills, etc.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks – trouble driving to or navigating to familiar places
4. Time and place confusion – losing track of days or seasons
5. Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships – difficulty judging distance or determining colors
6. New problems with speaking or writing – repetitive speech, trouble following conversations
7. Misplacing things, inability to retrace steps – putting things in unusual places, may accuse others of stealing
8. Decreased or poor judgment – problems dealing with money, paying less attention to grooming
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities – shying away from social functions or tasks
10. Changes in mood or personality – easily upset, confused, suspicious, fearful, etc.
Source: Assisting Hands Home Care in association with IlluminAge. © IlluminAge 2012