Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other related disorders can be hard to tell apart from other symptoms of aging. If you have an aging loved one, it is always helpful to be aware of the most common symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease, since this disorder is so common in people over the age of 65. In this blog we will go over some of the ways you can be more aware of these symptoms and how you can respond to them. The safest course of action to take is to see a doctor who will be able to make a decision about what to do or refer you to someone who is qualified to assess the situation.

Watch Out for the Early Signs

Memory Loss: As we age, our memory becomes worse. That is true for many people. But there is a difference between normal lapses in memory in old age and memory loss as a result of Alzheimer’s. The latter is often characterized by repetitive questions or statements your loved one says. If your loved one keeps repeating questions over and over, it is a good idea for your loved one to be evaluated.

Loss of Interest in Activities: Sometimes, people with Alzheimer’s lose interest in normal activities, like socializing. They may spend more time being alone or falling asleep. Be careful, however, because these symptoms are also common in people with depression.

Forgetting Words: A common symptom of Alzheimer’s is troubles with speech and language. Some people forget words and take long pauses to finish a sentence. If you find your loved one doing this more frequently, it may be a good idea to visit the doctor to see if it is a problem.

Mental Health Problems: Other common symptoms of Alzheiemr’s can be changes in personality, psychology, and mood. A variety of factors contribute to changes in the brain and it can lead to confusion, anxiety, depression, and fear.[1] While you should not think that because your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms that they have Alzheimer’s. It is just something to be aware of in case you notice something different about your loved one.

Difficulty with Money/Bills: This can often come about when your loved one has to handle money or pay the bills. Because disorders like Alzheimer’s are degenerative, it impacts the brain in a variety of ways. One thing you might notice is that your loved one has forgotten to pay their bills over time or that they are making a lot of purchases at rates that are not normal. This may be a difficult thing to see if you are not heavily involved in managing your loved one’s money. But, you could talk to your loved one and offer help if they need it, for example, navigating the computer, making phone calls. This allows you to work together with your loved one and talk to them about their monetary activity if anything unusual arises.

 

These are just some early signs to be aware of. If you have any other questions, please call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.

[1] Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/alzheimers-disease/signs-of-early-onset-alzheimers#symptoms-of-early-onset

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