One of the most common concerns that many people have as their loved one’s age is the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is a progressive disease that destroys the abilities of memory and other cognitive functions.
This disease accounts for up to 80 percent of dementia cases, and even though no cure exists, medication and other management strategies like a Memory Care community can help families and those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s get through their days.
8) Hard Time Planning
We all make mistakes when it comes to planning and over-planning, but those suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s may have extra problems than the average individual. From mistakes in keeping track of monthly bills to failing to follow a familiar recipe, poor planning or difficulty completing problem-solving tasks is a sign of Alzheimer’s taking form.
7) Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks
Much like failing to follow familiar recipes, loved ones dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s can find it a challenge to drive to familiar locations or remembering necessary and familiar tasks at work or in their home life.
6) Memory Loss
Everyone forgets names and appointments every now and then, but one of the most common signs of this disease is memory loss. This is especially pertinent to recently learned information or forgetting important dates and events like a birthday or anniversary. Constantly having to remind your loved one of daily facts could be a sign that a Memory Care community is an option in your near future.
5) Time and Place Confusion
Losing track of the passage of time is a common trait of people living with Alzheimer’s. Usually, if something is not currently happening, a person with the disease will have trouble understanding the context of it during a conversation.
4) Word and Writing Problems
With Alzheimer’s disease, simple conversations or other communication techniques become demanding. If you notice that your loved one has trouble following or joining in on a conversation, there may be bigger problems than simply having trouble finding the right words. Also, calling items by the wrong name is a sign that Alzheimer’s is progressing.
3) Can’t Retrace Steps?
Misplacing items and failing to be able to retrace their steps could be a sign that your loved one is on a mental health decline. Keep an eye out for where they place their things, especially if things are found in unusual places.
2) Poor Judgment
People with Alzheimer’s may experience poor judgment in decision making. Keep track of your elderly loved one’s bills and money. Often, someone with Alzheimer’s may give large amounts of money to telemarketers or order large amounts of products like subscription magazines.
1) Personality Changes
Your loved one may experience irritability or confusion at home, work, or with friends if they are going through the stages of early Alzheimer’s. Take note of these changes in mood and personality and make sure these swings are not simply due to a disrupted daily routine.
Noticing Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease? Cornerstone Memory Care Can Help!
If your loved one is experiencing any of these Alzheimer’s symptoms, we know that you want to find them the best help possible. At Cornerstone Senior Living we have top-notch Memory Care communities that will benefit both you and your loved one.
By living in a Memory Care community, your loved one will be in a more comfortable atmosphere than a standard facility. Memory Care facilities can be intimidating to anyone. Cornerstone’s community-based approach gives families peace of mind, knowing that their loved one is truly comfortable.
Contact us to arrange a tour and find out more about our memory care services and how we can make a difference for your loved one.