Knowing the Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
Many people may not recognize the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. In fact, seniors may still function independently, drive, or even work without knowing that they have Alzheimer’s. However, understanding the early signs of the disease can help you plan proactively for the future of your loved one.
It’s difficult at first for a close family member or caregiver to differentiate between what symptoms are related to age, and what symptoms are caused by Alzheimer’s. Seniorcare Homes is here to help. Learn more about the early warning signs below.
Please note: When we say the “early” stages, we mean a person who is in the beginning stage of Alzheimer’s or a related disorder. This being said, please understand that this is simply an informational guide. If you are concerned that your loved one might be experiencing Alzheimer’s, Seniorcare Homes recommends that you seek the advice of a medical professional.
This is the most common early warning sign of Alzheimer’s. This isn’t just simply forgetting a name or date every once in a while. This is the type of memory loss that gets worse over time. You may find that your loved one is asking about the same information over and over again, or they must rely on you to remember simply daily tasks they’ve been doing for years. For example:
- Following a simple routine such as getting dressed in the morning or brushing their teeth.
- Understanding the time of day, day of the week, or even the current year.
- The ability to understand numbers, direction, or orientation.
- Following simple step by step instructions or recognizing familiar landmarks.
Changes in Mood
It’s not uncommon for seniors with Alzheimer’s to experience mood swings or complete changes in personality. While they may not be able to understand what is happening to them, anyone close to them will notice this change. This includes sudden or unexplained anxiousness, confusion, or depression. It could also mean they begin to distance themselves from their favorite hobbies or social activities as well.
For example, let’s say a senior has always been known as happy, bubbly, and an overall positive person. However, you notice they suddenly becomes angry with no reason or explanation. If this occurs on a regular basis (and not just a one time occurance), this could be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
If you believe a loved one is experiencing the early signs of Alzheimer’s in Kansas City, Seniorcare Homes offers professional assistance. We understand the issues related to Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, and other related diseases so seniors can have the best living situation possible.
At Seniorcare Homes, we also offer personalized support with Memory Care Specialists. They work to minimize confusion so seniors are more comfortable in their environment. More than that, our house activities enhance the lives of residents. Cooking, gardening, exercising, and specialized outings are all available. For more information about Alzheimer’s or our SeniorCare facilities, contact us today.