2. Not Understanding Instructions
While we may not think we follow written instructions every day, we do it more often than many realize. For instance, your grandmother may be an expert in following any recipe and even have created some of her own. If she starts messing up her famous shortbread and other dishes, this is definitely something to worry about.
Instructions in a recipe book or a manual for installing a piece of furniture are usually detailed guidelines on how to solve a specific problem. This is where the cognitive functioning of AD patients fails even in the very early stages of this disease.
Following known instructions would also be an issue in the first phase of AD. Paying bills, filing taxes, and other financial tasks may suddenly seem overwhelming and almost impossible for a person in such cases. They may also be too proud to seek outside help.