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9. WITHDRAWAL FROM WORK OR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may start
to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble
keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also
avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.
What’s a typical age-related change? Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.
10. CHANGES IN MOOD AND PERSONALITY. The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can
change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset
at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.
What’s a typical age-related change? Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming
irritable when a routine is disrupted.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease, please see
a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for your future. The
Alzheimer’s Association can help. Visit alz.org/10signs or call 800.272.3900 (TTY: 866.403.3073).
This is an official publication of the Alzheimer’s Association but may be distributed by unaffiliated organizations or individuals. Such
distribution does not constitute an endorsement of these parties or their activities by the Alzheimer’s Association.
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