Tuesday Tips for Caregivers ~ Early Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers ~ Early Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Degenerative neurological disorders, like Alzheimer’s, mostly affect elder populations. These disorders affect the brain, leading to changes in memory. However, memory loss is also a common side-effect of aging in general and it is not always a cause for alarm. In this blog, we will go over what constitutes normal age-related changes, as well as early signs of Alzheimer’s of which family members should be aware.

Due to completely normal patterns of aging, memory can get worse over time. But there is a difference between normal age-related memory problems and something more severe. Normal age-related problems can include forgetting to make a payment one month, forgetting which words to use, and losing things periodically.[1] Other difficulties may include taking longer to learn new things or being more forgetful in general, like forgetting where you put your car keys, but this type of forgetfulness is mild and not a cause for concern.

Memory loss can also be influenced by poor sleeping habits, stress, and anxiety. Not all problems with memory are related to degenerative neurological disorders. Memory loss that is more serious may be a sign of a degenerative neurological disorder, but you will only know for sure if evaluated by a medical professional.

Some early sings of Alzheimer’s include[2]:

(1) Memory loss that impacts day to day living: One of the first signs of Alzheimer’s is forgetting recently learned information, like appointments or important events. This can often be shown in asking the same question over and over.

(2) Finding words: A person who is living with dementia struggle to express their thoughts or may forget what they were saying mid-conversation. They may also call familiar objects using unfamiliar phrases or may not remember what to call them at all.

(3) Confusion with time and place: According to the Alzheimer’s Association, forgetting dates, times, and events is a common sign of Alzheimer’s. This can often manifest in a someone who cannot remember where they are and how they got there.

(4) Difficulty with everyday tasks: Along with struggling how to do new things, people developing symptoms of Alzheimer’s may be unable to do complex tasks, like balancing a checkbook.

(5) Repetition: People may be more inclined to repeat behaviors as a result of memory loss. This can often manifest in repeating the same question multiple times, collecting items excessively[3], or doing an action several times, like shaving.

For more information regarding early stages of memory loss, consult valuable resources, like from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Memory loss can be caused by many factors. You should not conclude that symptoms of memory loss are the result of a degenerative neurological disorder without first being evaluated by a medical professional. If you have any questions, feel free to call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.

[1] Source: NIA

[2] Source: Alzheimer’s Association

[3] Source: Healthline

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