How To Spot Signs of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Some normal memory loss is age-related, however, if these problems interfere with daily life, this may be a sign of early Alzheimer's. If your loved one is experiencing any of the following behaviors, you should schedule an appointment to meet with their doctor. Although this can seem overwhelming, keep in mind that there is help for managing these symptoms. ElderCaring can provide the assistance your loved one needs to maintain their independence and quality of life.
- Memory Loss: one of the most common symptoms is memory loss of recent events and information. Older memories may be intact, but people with Alzheimer's are more likely to forget recently-learned information, important dates or how to manage something they used to handle on their own. Our professionals referred by ElderCaring can help your loved one with day-to-day tasks, maintaining a calendar of appointments or other important dates, and more.
- Language Problems: we all forget a word sometimes, but those with Alzheimer's can have profound problems remembering even basic words. They may have trouble following or joining a conversation, and even may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue.
- Repetition: people with dementia may repeat stories, sometimes word for word. They may keep asking the same questions, no matter how many times they’re answered.
- Disorientation and Confusion: people with Alzheimer's may get lost in places they know very well, even their own neighborhoods. They may forget where they are or how they got there. They can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. The experts provided by ElderCaring can help your loved one run errands, escort them to doctor's and other appointments, or just take a walk with them.
- Mood and Personality Changes: the mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer's can be volatile. They may become emotional, confused, upset or angry for no particular reason, especially when in new places or out of their comfort zone. They may become uncharacteristically suspicious of family members or trusting of strangers.
- Lack of Hygiene: one of the most obvious signs of Alzheimer's is a change in a someone's grooming and personal hygiene. People who took pride in their appearance may start wearing stained clothing, stop bathing or brushing their hair. The professionals referred by ElderCaring have years of experience helping seniors to maintain their appearance while also preserving their privacy and dignity.
- Odd Behavior and Poor Judgment: we all misplace our keys occasionally, but people with Alzheimer's often put things in odd and completely inappropriate places. They might put their hairbrush in the refrigerator or milk on the bookshelf. Additionally, they may begin to have decreased ability to make decisions or use poor judgment when dealing with money.
- Withdrawal from Activities: a person with Alzheimer's may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. If your loved one needs help to continue to do the things he loves, the companions referred by ElderCaring will spend time with them and can play games, help with crafts, and more.
If your loved one is exhibiting any of these Alzheimer’s warning signs, don’t panic. Having these symptoms doesn’t mean that your loved one necessarily has Alzheimer’s disease. But you need to schedule an appointment with the doctor for an evaluation.
Early detection can help your loved one take advantage of treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help them maintain a level of independence longer. Care and support services are available, making it easier for you and your family to live the best life possible with early Alzheimer's.
Some of the most qualified and experienced caregivers are in the ElderCaring registry and they can provide a number of non-medical services to assist your loved one with daily activities, including social support, bathing, dressing and personal hygiene, cleaning laundry and bed linens, dietary needs, medication reminders, or just a break for the family or primary caregiver.
Finding the best caregiver is important. The caregivers referred by ElderCaring provide quality home care services at an affordable all-inclusive rate. The hours and services are flexible and catered to your specific needs to ensure that your loved one can continue to live comfortably and independently for as long as possible.
ElderCaring is a family owned business operating since 2001 with locations in Washington D.C., Virginia and Southern California. Our company and the caregivers are setting a new standard of care in the Coachella Valley. Together we have raised the bar for “In-Home Care Services” and believe that the “ElderCaring Way” of doing business exceeds those of any other in-home care provider available.
So families, be aware of these indicators and be prepared to have a talk with your loved one. If they want to stay living independently in their own home as they age, it’s very important to have an in-home caregiver.