Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
July 14, 2017 by
Tammy Bacco in
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Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Younger-onset (or early-onset) Alzheimer’s affects people younger than age 65. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, up to 5 percent of over 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s have the younger-onset condition. Keep your loved ones, especially the elderly in mind who may be losing the ability to care for themselves as you read these tips. Here are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease that you may need to seek advice from your doctor about.
- Memory changes that upset daily life. This means more than forgetting someone’s name once in awhile. If your loved one forgets something serious such as your relation to them, where you live or what the oven is used for that may be a sign that a doctor should be consulted.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems. If basic problem solving and planning becomes too much of a challenge, you might want to ask the doctor to run some further tests at your next visit.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure. Suddenly it seems you can’t recall how to do something like watering the lawn or heating something up in the microwave.
- Confusion with time or place. Everyone forgets a date once in awhile, don’t worry if you occasionally miss mahjong or trash day. If it becomes a frequent issue then you may want to get it checked out by a doctor.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. If you or your loved one are frequently bruised from falling or running into things, there are a number of conditions that should be checked into by your doctor.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing. When you or your loved one has trouble communicating or frequently use the wrong words that could be a number of medical issues.
- Losing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. We’ve all looked for the keys while we were holding them in our hands at least once, but if you can’t remember where you were with the keys 5 minutes ago too often, we would suggest you let your doctor know about it.
- Decreased or poor judgment. This could be dangerous such as pushing the gas instead of the brake, or less dangerous but still serious, over ordering from QVC until the mortgage payment is gone.
- Withdrawal from work and/or social activities. Does your loved one no longer feel like going to church or social events? This could be caused by many things, including depression or even hearing loss.
- Changes in mood or personality. In this case, you would be looking for changes like in very different taste such as foods or places they enjoy, sadness or even excessive elation.
If you find out that your loved one or someone you care about is dealing with Dementia or Alzheimer’s it can and will probably be a difficult time of adjustment for everyone. If family members are the only care givers, that can be extremely stressful to experience on their own. Please take advantage of some of the options you have such as in home care services that Bigelow Family Home Care provides.
Call us at 800-804-8845 and we will be happy to schedule a private consultation to discuss your specific needs. Each of our in home care service plans are customized to the families requirements, never more or less than you need.