What are normal memory lapses vs. early signs of Alzheimer’s disease? If you’re searching for misplaced car keys every so often, don’t worry. If you forget someone’s name shortly after being introduced, don’t worry. These are normal memory lapses of people with normal brain health.
The greater concerns are problems that can affect someone’s life in a bigger way, like routinely forgetting appointments or getting lost while driving in a familiar area. These are examples of problems that are not normal. These might even be early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the most commonly seen type of dementia. Once memory loss has gotten to this higher level of problems, it’s important to consider Alzheimer’s care for your older loved one.
Alzheimer’s disease mercilessly deteriorates the brain, progressing until death. This is why it’s important for families to plan for Alzheimer’s care quickly after diagnosis. Don’t wait until the later stages to finally seek help.
Alzheimer’s disease has recognizable symptoms in the early stages. You can get adequate care more quickly if you know the symptoms:
Some Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Repeating questions or concerns: If your aging loved one repeatedly expresses the same concerns, asks the same questions, or retells the same stories, it’s a red flag that there’s a potential problem.
- Lost! If loved ones are frequently losing personal items or getting themselves lost driving in familiar areas, there’s a good reason for concern.
- Social withdrawal: If aging loved ones create concern because they’re withdrawing from favorite activities or events without valid reasons, professional advice is recommended.
- Reading, writing and speaking problems: Keep in mind that reading, writing and speaking issues can be symptoms of Alzheimer’s, especially it there’s difficulty remembering common everyday words.
- Are the bills paid? Older people who start to leave bills unpaid and have difficulty with balancing a checkbook may be showing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Money management will become impossible with Alzheimer’s and it’s best to get an Alzheimer’s care plan in place before it’s too late.
It’s overwhelming to think about your elderly loved suffering from Alzheimer’s. Don’t underestimate the difficulty on yourself or your family. This is why it’s best to proactively seek the correct diagnosis early enough. This way, you can prepare your loved one’s plan for Alzheimer’s care before the disease has progressed further.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help and additional information about Alzheimer’s care. Be prepared! Connect with your local Home Care Assistance office today.