Family members become concerned when an elderly loved one begins to exhibit signs of memory loss. Alzheimer’s Disease is often the first thing that comes to mind.
If you believe that your loved one has become forgetful and confused, it’s important that you know the top signs of the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
1. DISRUPTION IN DAILY LIFE
We all forget things. Think of all the times you’ve misplaced your keys, your glasses or your phone. It’s normal. Memory loss is not typically a problem until it begins to interfere with daily life.
If your loved one is asking for the same information repeatedly, routinely forgetting the names of family member, dates or events, or has to rely heavily on a device or family member for things they once did for themselves, an evaluation is warranted.
2. FAMILIAR TASKS ARE DIFFICULT
People who are dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease typically find it difficult to complete familiar tasks. They may forget the rules of a favorite sport. They may forget the way to the store, or a family member’s house.
3. TIME AND DATES ARE CONFUSED
If your loved one starts to forget what day it is, what time it is or even what year it is, pay close attention. It’s a normal age-related change to get confused about these things every now and then, but a person without Alzheimer’s will sort the information out.
4. FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS
Imagine having a conversation with someone and all of a sudden forget what you were going to say. Chances are it’s happened to you once or twice. Now imagine it happening with regularity. This is what people with Alzheimer’s can experience. They may also struggle to put the right name to objects.
5. CHANGES IN MOOD
People with Alzheimer’s typically deal with changes in mood or behavior that may be best noticed by the people closest to them. They may become anxious, depressed or isolate themselves from social activities. Those dealing with Alzheimer’s will typically avoid situations that place them out of their comfort zone.
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE VERSUS AGE-RELATED CHANGES
Not all changes point to Alzheimer’s Disease. Typical changes relating to age including missing a monthly payment, forgetting the day on occasion, losing items now and again and making a poor decision or choice sometimes. These aren’t things that happen just “sometimes” for people with Alzheimer’s. Instead, they happen on a regular basis.
HOW AN ATLANTA ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY CAN HELP
If you have an elderly loved one and you are concerned about what seems to be failing mental health, reach out to our friendly team to discuss memory care options. We will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with the information you are looking for.
Our Atlanta assisted living and memory care communities are designed to help loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s continue to live their best lives in a safe, comfortable home.