Have you worried about your own brain health when you’ve misplaced your car keys? It’s normal. Don’t worry. Have you ever been introduced to someone at an event and immediately forgotten the person’s name? Normal, also. These are memory lapses that people with normal brain health deal with occasionally.
However, you may notice a loved one forgetting appointments or learn that he or she got lost while driving in his or her own neighborhood. These are not normal and may be signs of dementia. The most common form of dementia is called Alzheimer’s disease, and if memory loss escalates to that level, you’ll want to consider Alzheimer’s care for your loved one.
This disease is debilitating and continues to deteriorate the brain until death. It’s best for all involved to make a plan for Alzheimer’s care as quickly as possible after it’s recognized and far before its later stages.
How can you recognize Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages? Here are some things to look for:
Recognizing 5 Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
- You asked that already! When a loved one enters into early stages of Alzheimer’s, you’ll probably notice things quickly forgotten. They might ask the same question over and over, and that’s a sign of a serious problem.
- Suddenly changing social habits: Suddenly changing social habits can create concern. For example, has your loved one been staying away from social events that used to be enjoyed, without any reason?
- Problems reading and writing: When adults lose their ability to read, write or speak normally, this may be a symptom of a serious problem. Problems forming letters or sentences and unable to remember everyday words signals a call for help for your loved one.
- Items lost: Are you repeatedly trying to find items lost by your aging loved one? That’s a symptom to get checked out.
- Unpaid bills? Are you realizing your loved one is having issues with paying (or not paying) the bills? Money management will become impossible at some point. Seeking good Alzheimer’s care now is the best plan for the future.
Are you still wondering if your loved one may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease? It often overwhelms families and initial denial is normal, even after noticing symptoms. It’s best to proactively seek early diagnosis and an Alzheimer’s care plan before the disease advances.
Connect with your neighborhood Home Care Assistance office today to ask for help and information about Alzheimer’s care!