Have you ever misplaced your keys? This is normal. Have you met someone and forgotten his or her name within a minute? This shouldn’t cause worry either. These are both normal memory lapses that people deal with occasionally.
When memory loss begins to affect quality of life because of forgetting appointments or getting lost in a familiar neighborhood, these problems may be signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and Alzheimer’s care may be necessary when your loved one reaches this point.
Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating disease that continually worsens. There’s no cure in the near future for those seeking Alzheimer’s care. The brain continues to deteriorate. In the later stages, the disease leads eventually to death.
Alzheimer’s disease can be recognized in its early stages if you know what you’re looking for.
5 Signs of the Beginning Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Extreme forgetfulness: People in early Alzheimer’s forget things rapidly. If you’re asked the same question repeatedly because your loved one doesn’t recall that you’ve already answered, this is a symptom of a serious problem.
- Suddenly changing habits: Obvious sudden changes to lifestyle habits can cause concern. As example, someone might shy away from social activities that were previously enjoyed before.
- Money management problems: When older adults begin to make serious errors paying (or not paying) bills, they may have a serious problem. Eventually anything financial will become too much of a challenge. If your loved one’s finances have gone askew, seeking Alzheimer’s care is a good idea.
- Can’t find things: If you’re repeatedly helping to find lost items for your loved one, it’s a red flag, and there’s probably something seriously wrong.
- Can’t articulate well: Adults struggling to read, write or speak have a serious problem and cause concern. Symptoms of dementia are problems with forming sentences, writing letters, or forgetting everyday words.
Thinking that your loved one might be suffering from Alzheimer’s is overwhelming. Often families deny the initial symptoms instead of seeking Alzheimer’s care. An early diagnosis is best for creating a comprehensive plan for Alzheimer’s care as the disease advances.
Contact your local Home Care Assistance office today. Ask about help with an Alzheimer’s care plan for your loved one!