You may have misplaced your keys before. Everyone does from time to time. You may have met someone new and immediately forgotten his or her name. Don’t worry. These are normal memory issues that everyone may deal with on occasion.
Memory loss that affects one’s daily activities, like missing scheduled appointments, or forgetting one’s way while driving in a familiar area can be symptoms of something serious. These types of problems can signal dementia, or Alzheimer’s, a common form of dementia. At that point, Alzheimer’s care may be helpful for your loved one.
Alzheimer’s disease is considered degenerative in nature. In other words, Alzheimer’s disease continues to worsen over time as with other terminal illnesses. There is no good prognosis for those in Alzheimer’s care. As this disease continues to ravage the brain in later stages, symptoms are easier to recognize, even to strangers.
Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease might be missed unless you know what you’re looking for in an older adult.
5 Early Warning Signs 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 Social activities might feel awkward and embarrassing, making the adult withdrawn.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 imagine that your loved one might be suffering from Alzheimer’s, it’s frightening. Families oftentimes deny initial cues, but an early diagnosis is helpful for planning Alzheimer’s care in the future.
Call Home Care Assistance today to prepare a compassionate Alzheimer’s care plan for your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s.