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Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s

Today, Alzheimer’s disease affects almost 44 million people. With that said, only 1 in 4 people who have Alzheimer’s have actually been diagnosed. As this disease progresses, the symptoms are often overlooked as they seem quite harmless. Learning how to detect the early signs is vital in making sure that your loved one doesn’t fall victim to a dangerous situation while you’re away. These are a few signs that your family member might be experiencing the affects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Life disrupting memory loss.

Forgetting recently learned information, forgetting major moments and relying heavily on memory aids for simple things is the most common sign. They will often need to resort to reminder notes or verbal reminders as Alzheimer’s progresses.

Confusion with time and place.

Trouble with timing, like not knowing how long they have been doing something, and not remembering where they are is another sign of Alzheimer’s. This will directly affect planning things and simple activities such as cooking.

Trouble with keeping conversation.

Not being able to keep up with the topic of conversation, repeating themselves and stopping mid-sentence without knowledge of what they were saying are all common signs of Alzheimer’s. Keeping the conversation light and fun is a good way to keep their attention.

Rapid changes in mood and attitude.

Quick changes in their emotional state into those of fear, anger, total confusion and anxiety are tell-tale signs as well. This typically happens in social settings where they feel outside of their comfort zone. Making sure to keep a calm attitude while helping them is essential as they will often mimic your demeanor.

Misplacing things and unable to re-trace steps to find it.

Forgetting where car keys are, where they left their phone or where they parked their car can cause major problems as Alzheimer’s progresses. This becomes especially dangerous if they are currently taking any medication as they might not be able to remember where the medication is located or if they have even taken it yet.

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can be very dangerous for your loved one. Noticing the early signs can help your loved one get the proper help they need. In home care is a great way to make sure they can maintain a great quality of life. Tasks such as running errands, taking medication or holding conversation can become increasingly harder as Alzheimer’s develops, putting stress on the entire family as they balance daily life as well as taking care of their loved one. As soon as you start to notice the signs, it might be time to call your doctor.

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