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.
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 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 of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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