Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer's
Finishing off Alzheimer’s Awareness month, we’re going to talk about the aging process; specifically differentiating when you may just need a lifestyle change versus taking action for early onset Alzheimer’s disease. As we have discussed in some of our previous blog posts, there are many different signs that lead people to speculate “it must be Alzheimer’s”, when in reality you’re just not getting your proper daily intake of vitamins, nutrients, and exercise (both mental and physical).
A few normal symptoms that often get misdiagnosed (at home) as being Alzheimer’s disease could be, but not limited to, the following: Making occasional clerical errors (bills, utilities, etc.); occasional assistance requirements for newer technologies (microwave, TV, etc.); Confusion regarding the date or week (but remembering or figuring it out later without intervention); Unable to come up with the correct word on the spot; making an occasional bad judgement call (skipping a car service, missing an appointment, etc.); getting into a routine that becomes uncomfortable if disrupted.
Most of these signs are absolutely normal intricacies in the aging process. Of course if we withdraw socially, we develop internal skills that allow us to thrive in different environments.
So when should someone be concerned that they, or their loved ones, could possibly have symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? Here is a list of signs to keep a look out for that would warrant further medical investigation to determine whether or not Alzheimer’s disease is present:
· Inability to plan and/or solve simple problems.
· Losing things or misplacing things in unusual places (e.g. car keys in the oven).
· Drastic changes in mood and personality.
· Confusion of times/places/seasons (e.g. wearing a winter parka in the summer).
· Difficulty or inability to complete simple familiar tasks.
· Memory loss, either partial or total (e.g. requiring post-it-notes to feed the cat, etc.)
If you find yourself struggling as to whether or not to seek medical intervention for Alzheimer’s treatment, feel free to reach out to us at Remember When Homecare. Our caregivers are trained and certified to identify subtle differences from the normal aging process versus Alzheimer’s. Our top priority is ensuring detection at the earliest possible time to help slow down the deterioration before it becomes something that is not manageable without medical intervention.
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