Have you recently lost your keys or misplaced your glasses? That’s normal. Have you remembered too late in the day that you had missed an appointment that morning? This happens to everyone on occasion, even younger adults that are overstressed. How can we know what is normal or a cause for concern?
Unfortunately, there is no specific test to recognize Alzheimer’s disease in the early stages and those early signs can easily be missed or disregarded by family and friends. Having an awareness of early signs or symptoms will help you or your loved one get qualified Alzheimer’s care as soon as possible.
Here are ways to know it’s time to look for proper Alzheimer’s care:
- Inability to retain new information. When your loved one is having problems learning something new, find a doctor who can offer further testing.
- Forgetting what was said 5 minutes ago. If a loved one is repeating the same question or telling the same story over and over, this is a short-term memory problem that needs to be investigated further.
- Appointments are being missed regularly. If the adult was previously an organized person, this can be a good indicator of a problem.
- Forgetting names permanently. If they’re remembered later, it’s just age-related forgetfulness, but if a loved one no longer remembers your name, you need to get an appointment with an Alzheimer’s care specialist.
- Routine tasks become difficult. When a person forgets how to use the coffee maker they’ve had for years or doesn’t remember how to tie their shoes, it’s time to ask for help.
Remember that any adult might enter a room and say, “What did I come in here for?” but that’s different from the person needing Alzheimer’s care who gets lost on their own street they lived on for 10 years. Also, everyone will misplace things from time to time, but concerns are viable when someone is keeping their glasses in the microwave. New odd or seemingly bizarre behaviors can be a concern.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s isn’t easy and you shouldn’t hesitate to ask for help. Care Builders is available for respite care or longer so you can take better care of yourself during this difficult time with your loved one. Call CareBuilders in Stamford, CT today.