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What Kinds of Symptoms Can Alert You to Alzheimer’s Disease with Your Aging Adult?

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, the sooner you spot symptoms and start getting help for your elderly family member, the better for everyone involved. If you’re not sure what the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are, here are just a few of the more prevalent ones.

Senior Care in Pleasanton CA: Symptoms of Alzheimer's

Senior Care in Pleasanton CA: Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Difficulty with Reasoning Tasks.

One of the biggest concerns with Alzheimer’s disease is that it affects your elderly family member’s cognitive abilities. This means that it becomes more difficult for her to make solid decisions and solve problems appropriately. You might notice your loved one exhibiting poor judgment in areas that normally aren’t a concern, for example.

Memory Loss that Becomes Gradually Worse.

At the beginning, new memories might be the problem for your elderly family member. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, however, the problem becomes much more pronounced. This symptom can be easy to overlook because it first seems as if your senior is simply becoming more forgetful due to the aging process.

Changes in Mood, Behavior, and Personality.

At first, you might think that your elderly family member is simply moodier than usual. But those changes can lead later to changes in behavior, particularly in which she becomes argumentative or abusive to you or to other family members.

Trouble with Language and Simple Tasks.

Your loved one might start to have difficulty finding the right words when she needs them. This can also make performing simple tasks a little more difficult. Combined with memory loss, your elderly family member might need for you to slowly give her step-by-step instructions to complete tasks that she’s handled on her own for years.

Sundowning.

Sundowning is an unusual problem because the first few times you encounter it, you might not realize what is going on at all. This symptom involves your elderly family member experiencing far worse symptoms later in the day, usually in the afternoon or evening. Having senior care providers available in the latter part of the day can help you to manage sundowning much more readily.

If you suspect that your aging adult is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, be sure to bring up the question with her doctor. Tests can help determine what’s really happening.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Pleasanton, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

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