Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

 

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1) Does your loved one seem to have more and more problems remembering things which disrupts their daily life? Is it getting worse over time? This can sometimes be difficult to notice if you aren’t able to spend a lot of time with them, for example if you live on different coasts, and if this is the case, find someone who may live closer who might be able to better observe them.

2) When it comes time for you loved one to plan something, do they seem to have difficulty? Was your Mom always the one who could plan the birthday parties and Holiday celebrations and now seems to have problems dong so? Is your Dad suddenly having issues with simple household “fixes” he never had problems with before, unclogging a stopped sink or putting the screens up in the summer?

3) Related to this do they have problems with completing familiar tasks such as writing a grocery list or mailing a letter?

4) Have you noticed your loved one forgets what day it is or where they are? Do they think it is a time 10, 20 or more years ago? Do they think they are someplace they may have lived or visited when they were young?

5) Does your loved one look at a picture and seem to have trouble identifying what or who it is of? How about with spatial relationships, do they have trouble determining where one object, say a chair is in relationship to a table?

6) When you talk to your loved one are they having trouble saying or writing words that should be familiar to them? If your parent was always an avid reader do they now have trouble reading the newspaper? How about writing a grocery list?

7) Does your loved one have difficulty finding their way back home or even retracing their steps from one room to another? How about losing items more than what they normally do and not being able to remember where they were the last time they had the item?

8) How about trouble making simple decisions or making decisions which they never would have made in the past? Do they have a problem with determining whether something is right or wrong, something there never was a question about before?

9) Is your parent or loved one withdrawing from things like work or activities they used to love? Do they not want to go to the weekly card game at the Senior Center something they always looked forward to?

10) Have you noticed a change in the personality or mood of your parent, something not normal for them? Are they suddenly angry or even unusually happy, when they have always been the opposite?

Once again it is important to note that just because someone has one or more of these symptoms, doesn’t mean they necessarily have Alzheimer’s but they should consult with their doctor. As a loved one, you might have to take the initiative on this as the person may not want to admit they are having any problems or they don’t want “to be any trouble” and won’t go.

While there is yet no cure, Alzheimer’s can be managed and the patient can live comfortably for some time with it. Yes, there will need to be changes in their life styles, and yes, you may need to become a care giver for them, which can be difficult when you realize you now have to take care of the ones who took care of you, but then, isn’t that the least you can do?

Original post: ALZ.org