Know the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

05Memory loss and dementia can be a scary thing to see in a family member. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.  Alz.org, a leading health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s research and care, has put together a list of 10 warning signs that may show that your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Alz.org advises seeing a doctor If you notice any of these signs.

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. If your loved one has short term memory losss, or frequently forgets recently learned information, that could be a potential sign of Alzheimer’s.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Alzheimer’s may cause disruption to daily tasks such as following a recipe or handling bills.
  3. Difficulty completing tasks at home, at work, or at leisure. Another sign is trouble with tasks such as driving to a familiar place, or managing a budget.
  4. Confusion with time or place. For example, forgetting where they are or how they got there.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships: Such as difficulty reading, judging distance or determining color.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. Trouble following conversations, repeating themselves, or struggling with vocabulary are warning signs.
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.  Alzheimer’s may cause people to lose things and place things in unusual places.
  8. Decreased or poor judgment. People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble managing their money and performing daily self-care.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. if your loved one has been withdrawing from work or social activities, or has trouble keeping up with a favorite hobby, that could be a sign of problems.
  10. Changes in mood and personality. Those with Alzheimer’s may experience mood changes such as suspicion, depression or anxiety.

Infrequent occurrences of these signs, such as missing a monthly payment, occasionally forgetting a word to use, or losing things now and then, may just be indicators of normal aging. However, if symptoms escalate to those described above, you may want to consider finding a doctor who specializes in memory care, or looking into help from an expert memory care community like Brooking Park. We’re here to help!

 

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