Admitting that someone you care about might have Alzheimer’s or dementia is not easy. You may see certain things that could highlight that there is a problem, but you may not want to openly admit it or even talk about it for fear that doing so will make your fears become reality. However, in order to ensure that your loved one receives the best Alzheimer’s care, it’s important to act as soon as possible.
There are many Alzheimer’s disease signs and symptoms and some of them could be easy to overlook. Take a moment to review some warning signs that your loved one could be dealing with more than just ‘old age’ and that it could be something more serious, something that will require more planning and better care.
1. Loss of memories. We all have those moments in life when we simply forget certain things. It could be what you did last week or an assignment at work. You may forget where you put the keys to your car. However, being unable to remember things that you just learned, things that happened recently, and this being common could be a sign of some form of dementia. Forgetting names or appointments, only to remember them later may be a typical sign of this type of memory loss.
2. Trouble speaking or writing. If you notice that your loved one is having trouble with his or her speaking or writing, such as using odd words in place of something else, it can make understanding them more difficult. This might be a sign that they could have dementia.
3. Struggling to do certain, simple tasks. Your elderly loved one has lived a lot of years and he or she has done a lot of things. When they begin to struggle to do basic tasks because they can’t seem to move from one point to another (mentally), this is a sign that something could be wrong.
4. Poor judgment. Your mother might have been the symbol for good judgment most of her life, but recently you’re noticing that she’s not dressing appropriately or she’s giving away lots of money to people she normally wouldn’t, then this might be a warning sign.
Any of these signs could have other explanations, so it’s best to make an appointment for your loved one to see a doctor. If they have any form of dementia, it may be time to think about long-term Alzheimer’s care now. Whatever you do, don’t wait.
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