What Are Some of the Earliest Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?

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If you are like many family caregivers, one of your greatest concerns is finding out that your aging parent has Alzheimer’s disease. This progressive disease would impact your parent for the rest of Home-Care-in-Auroratheir lives and shape your care journey with them. No matter how much you worry about it, though, it is always better for you to know the truth as early as possible. Early diagnosis is key to getting your parent on the proper course of management and treatment to address their personal needs and challenges, as well as their goals for their health and future.

Many people have a very specific view of what they think that Alzheimer’s disease “looks like”. They think that they know what to look for and would be able to identify the signs as soon as they appeared. The truth, however, is that the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, like many other forms of dementia, can be extremely subtle and are easy to miss, especially for those who spend a considerable amount of time with the senior. Being aware of these early signs can help you to look out for them so that you have the highest chances of getting your parent an early diagnosis and can begin this new chapter in your care with greater confidence.

 

Some of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Memory loss that has a noticeable impact on life, such as frequently forgetting information soon after learning it, forgetting the names of people who they have known for a long time such as family members and old friends, or needing to rely on written or recorded reminders to handle basic daily tasks such as paying bills or taking care of a pet
  • Difficulty solving problems such as not being able to manage monthly bills or balancing a checkbook, or struggling to follow a recipe that would not have been a challenge to them before
  • New challenges completing familiar tasks such as playing a favorite game or enjoying being at a familiar location
  • Increased confusion about where they are or the passage of time, such as seeming confused about what month, season, or even year it is, or not knowing how they got to a particular location
  • New difficulties interpreting visual images such as reading, determining color, or understanding signs.

 

As soon as your parent receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease it is time to start considering home care. This is a progressive disease, which means that the condition will only get worse and your parent will only develop more symptoms. It will likely get to a point at which you are no longer able to manage all of the needs on your own. Though you might think that this stage is years in the future, you have no way of predicting the speed of the progression of the disease and you could reach this moment well before you expect it. Introducing an in home care services provider early in the progression enables you to establish an effective care approach and creates transitions through the stages that are smoother and less stressful.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Aurora, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.

 

Source:   http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp

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