Alzheimer’s patients often have difficulties with language. This manifests itself in a number of areas.
Alzheimer’s sufferers often have difficulty finding the right word. When asked, they typically say that the word is right on the “tip of their tongue,” but they can not remember it. This can happen with some quite simple words such as house, dog, flower, or others.
Alzheimer’s patients will also use the wrong word or substitute more simplistic words for more complex words.
They can often use a combination of words to take the place of a word. For example, they might say “the tool that cuts the lawn,” instead of calling it a lawnmower.