Could Your Loved One Be Showing Signs of Alzheimer's? Sept. 8, 2016

Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease Brookfield Assisted Living As people get older, it’s normal to become a little forgetful. We lose our keys or misplace our glasses, but we laugh it off as a “senior moment.” But when the word “Alzheimer’s” comes up, we change our tone a bit and begin to worry. So how do you tell the difference in forgetting things from time to time  and recognizing the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?

An estimated 5.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with this devastating form of dementia. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, the disease can go unnoticed by family and friends, but according to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are ten early warnings signs and symptoms that family and friends should look for in their aging loved ones.

10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

1.)    Memory loss that causes disruption in daily life.  Memory loss is one of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially short-term memory loss, or the ability to retain recently learned information. Your loved one may show other signs of memory loss that includes forgetting important events or dates, asking the same questions repeatedly or for the same information over and over. They may also start to rely on memory aids.

2.)    Planning or solving problems becomes more challenging.  In the early stages, some people with Alzheimer’s may have difficulty developing and following a plan or working with numbers. They may also have trouble with keeping track of monthly bills or following a story in a familiar book. Those with Alzheimer’s disease often find it difficult to concentrate and take more time to get things done than they did before.

3.)    Struggles to complete familiar tasks at work or home. Many people with Alzheimer’s often struggle with completing daily tasks such as getting dressed, cooking and personal grooming.  They may have trouble driving to familiar places such as work or following a game on television.

4.)    Difficulty understanding visual images. Some people with Alzheimer’s may experience vision problems, which may cause difficulty with reading, determining colors or judging distance.

5.)    Confused easily with time or place.  Losing track of dates, time of day or seasons are just a few ways people with Alzheimer’s can become confused.  It’s also common for them to forget where they are and how they got there.

6.)    Easy misplacement of objects and the inability to retrace steps.  Your loved one may be battling Alzheimer’s if they forget where they have placed things around the house or if they begin to leave objects in unusual places.  It’s common for anyone to misplace the remote control, but if it’s found in the refrigerator, this may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. They may also have a hard time retracing their steps if they lose something. It’s common for a person for Alzheimer’s to accuse others of stealing the item they are looking for.

7.)    Trouble speaking and writing. If your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, they may have trouble following or joining conversations.  They may have trouble maintaining a conversation, or they may repeat themselves throughout. People with Alzheimer’s often struggle to pronounce words, have trouble finding the right words or refer to things by the wrong name.

8.)    A decrease in judgment or poor decision-making skills.  People with Alzheimer’s have trouble making decisions or display changes in judgment. They may not make the best decisions when dealing with money, or they may pay less attention to their daily grooming habits.

9.)    Extreme changes in personality and mood.  It’s also common to notice a change in personality or mood in people who are battling Alzheimer’s disease. People with Alzheimer’s can become frequently confused, suspicious, fearful, anxious or depressed.  Sometimes they can become upset easily when at home, work, with friends, with family or in places that are out of their comfort zone.

10.)Withdrawal from social environments. A person with Alzheimer’s may have a hard time keeping up with their favorite hobbies, sports or social activities, causing them to withdraw from them completely.  They may also withdraw because of the changes they are experiencing.

Those who experience one or more of these warning signs may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s vital that you schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider at the first sign of memory loss or when you begin to notice the warning signs above.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and needs assistance completing daily activities, contact Brookfield Assisted Living. At Brookfield Assisted Living, our wonderful staff is here to help when you need it most by offering excellent, supportive services and comfort in a home-like environment. Call to schedule a tour at one of our locations today.

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