Very Early Signs and Symptoms
Memory problems are typically one of the first warning signs of cognitive loss, possibly due to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Difficulty finding words in conversations, misplacing objects and attentional changes are all considered early warning signs or symptoms possibly. Some people with memory problems have a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). People with this condition have more memory problems than normal for people their age, but their symptoms are not as severe as those seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The ability of people with MCI to perform normal daily activities is not significantly impaired, only mildly different from their previous level of functioning. Approximately 15% of the individuals with MCI go on to develop Alzheimer’s on an annual basis.