Do you have a loved one who appears to be getting more forgetful? Do you think their increasing memory loss may be more than just “old age?” Could it be the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease? In the beginning it may be hard to tell, so we offer these early signs of Alzheimer’s to watch for:
- Difficulty finishing daily tasks, like remembering how to get home from the corner grocery store or recalling the ingredients of a favorite recipe.
- Memory loss that interrupts daily living such as forgetting special events and dates, requesting the same information multiple times, and relying more on others for constant reminders and handling of tasks.
- Losing things without being able to relocate them, often leading to accusations of theft.
- Diminished or bad judgement that may lead to poor decision-making especially when dealing with finances.
- Increasing disinterest in work, social activities or hobbies because they have forgotten how to do something that was once very familiar.
- Confusion with the passage of time and place, sometimes forgetting where they are and how they got there.
- Loss of problem-solving skills and trouble focusing on a task, including a decreasing ability to work with numbers.
- Fluctuations in mood, becoming easily upset, agitated, suspicious or depressed especially when they are in unfamiliar places.
- Challenges with speaking and participating in a conversation, struggling with recalling the correct word for something and repeating the same thing over and over.
- Vision problems including struggling with reading, difficulty in determining the color of an object, and the inability to correctly judge distance.
For more information about memory loss, how to detect early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and what next steps to take, we recommend contacting your local branch of the Alzheimer’s Association or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
If you are the primary caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s and need respite care, the experienced staff at Golden Heart Senior Care-Rochester Hills is ready to help!