It’s a fact that many choose to ignore the early signs of Alzheimer’s and not seek out the advice of a Doctor. A better strategy is to act swiftly and get a diagnosis of what (if anything) is awry, and together with your physician, determine the next steps.
Be mindful that the following signs may be subtle at first and can be easily overlooked or ignored, but may quickly start to become more apparent. Discussing the situation with the physician should be the first step if you begin to notice that the senior manifests any of the following:
Cannot complete simple everyday tasks
While tackling the technology issues that are have become part of our everyday life can be a problem for almost everyone, simple everyday tasks that comprise our “everyday” lives, should not be a challenge. If you notice that what should be “habitual” activities, become overwhelming and confusing, it may be time to speak with the doctor.
Apparent memory loss that causes serious problems
When a senior loses their way while walking or driving to a location that they go to regularly or forgets to turn off the burner on the stove, it is possible that there may be a problem.
Difficulty with speaking or writing
Having occasional difficulty remembering an exact word is usually just a sign of aging, however, when a senior can no longer find the words needed for effective speaking or writing, there may be a more serious problem.
Some people exhibit “quirky” behavior and make poor decisions for their entire lives, however, when the decisions can be lif-threatening or go way past being simply “odd,” it is time to consult with a doctor. An example might be a senior that decides to go out in the middle of the night for a walk or make extravagant online purchases.
Extreme mood swings
Whether or not the senior has always been considered moody, extreme mood swings that are often manifested for no apparent reason may signify a potential problem and should be checked out.
Remember that family members may not agree on the need to consult with a doctor and will chalk up these behavioral changes as just “Mom and Dad” getting older. They may be correct, however, it is prudent to find out if there is anything serious that must be attended to and where acting quickly may even slow down the progress of the disease.
Regardless of the diagnosis, Right at Home can help you each step of the way from helping your senior loved one with their daily routine or personal care, to accompanying them to doctor’s appointments. Just give us a call and set up an appointment with us today.