Certainly, you’ve misplaced your keys once or twice. Everyone makes this mistake from time to time. Also, you’ve probably met someone and forgotten his or her name within just a moment. This shouldn’t cause worry because these are normal memory problems that people deal with on occasion.
Areas of concern are memory loss affecting daily activities like missing appointments or suddenly forgetting one’s way while driving in a familiar area. These more serious problems may signal dementia or Alzheimer’s, with Alzheimer’s being a common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s care may be helpful once your loved one reaches that point.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease which worsens over time, just like other terminal illnesses. There is no cure for those in Alzheimer’s care. Symptoms become easier to recognize as the person’s brain deteriorates in later stages. At that point, the disease is more recognizable, even to strangers.
Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be recognized when you know what you’re looking for in an aging adult.
5 Initial Warnings of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Loss of memory: Everyone retains a very small amount of what is learned daily, but someone in the early Alzheimer’s forgets more quickly. When someone asks you the same question over and over because they don’t remember that you’ve already answered, it’s a sign that there’s a problem.
- Changes in activities: When there are obvious changes in activities or daily habits, there may be cause for concern. An older adult may even state that he or she thinks something isn’t right, but can’t quite clarify what it is. Social activities might feel awkward and embarrassing, making the adult withdrawn.
- Money problems: When an aging adult makes mistakes, paying some bills twice, leaving other unpaid, there’s likely a serious problem. Eventually checkbooks, paying bills, managing home or business expenses all become too challenging. When finances seem askew, money is given away, or pricey items are bought, but can’t be paid for, there may be cause for concern.
- Losing things: When you repeatedly have to help find the items your aging loved one stashed, it’s a red flag there’s something wrong. Even in the early Alzheimer’s stages, older adults might forget where they were earlier in the same day, and are unable to recall, even with cues and additional time.
- Getting lost in a familiar area: Alzheimer’s creates loss of memory, sometimes making people lost in their own neighborhoods or other areas that have been familiar with for many years. When someone can’t find the local grocery store or their favorite café, there may be a problem.
When you contemplate that your loved one could be suffering from Alzheimer’s, it’s overwhelming and this is why families generally deny initial cues. However, an early diagnosis is essential in planning ahead for Alzheimer’s care as the disease progresses.
Contact your local Home Care Assistance office today to inquire about an Alzheimer’s care plan for your loved one.