Alzheimer’s Disease is a debilitating progressive disease that affects the brain, creating a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills until there is a loss of physical abilities and eventually death. Experts in Alzheimer’s care believe that many times the sufferer is the first one to recognize that something may be wrong. Although a reversal of this disease is not available, early detection can be beneficial in order to slow the disease. It’s important to recognize early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease so Alzheimer’s care begins immediately in order to slow the progression.
5 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s
1. Forgetting quickly important dates or events
Forgetting important dates or events can be a symptom, especially if the person was previously organized and had arrived to occasions in a timely manner before this. Additionally, forgetting new information quickly or asking the same questions over and over can signal time for an evaluation.
2. Routine tasks become challenging
When something routine suddenly seems difficult, like tying shoes, using the microwave, or paying bills, an Alzheimer’s care expert should be contacted. This would not be a normal symptom of aging.
3. Losing track of dates, seasons and passage of time
People with Alzheimer’s Disease may wake up in the middle of the night and think it’s daytime. They might also forget where they are and how they got there and it’s extremely upsetting to them.
4. Personal items are missing
It’s common for people needing Alzheimer’s care to think they lost things, although they’ve actually hidden their own items in odd places. An example would be jewelry missing from the jewelry box later discovered in a sock drawer.
5. Withdrawal from social activities
Someone with Alzheimer’s may stop socializing as they find it more difficult to follow along with conversations, sports, projects, and activities. They may not understand what is happening and begin to isolate themselves.
If you recognize any of the above early signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or someone else, remember that it’s important to find help early. Getting Alzheimer’s care quickly can help with a higher quality of life for a longer period of time.
Are you concerned about someone needing Alzheimer’s care? Give CareBuilders a call today at (203) 293-9069 to talk about various options of compassionate care that can be made available to you or your loved ones.