In honor of National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, it is important to take a look at some signs that you or a loved one could be dealing with the early stages of Alzheimer’s*.
- Forgetting recently learned or important information. A person with Alzheimer’s may forget important dates and holidays, leaning more and more on family members or electronic/paper reminders to recall information that used to be recalled with ease.
- Difficulty following instructions or working with numbers. This can be seen in the inability to follow a recipe that was once memorized, or increased difficulty with handling bills and finances.
- Struggling to follow daily patterns of life. A person with Alzheimer’s may experience difficulty remembering how to get to somewhere familiar, daily chores that need to be done, or how to play a favorite game.
- Confusion with time or place. A person with Alzheimer’s can have some difficulty with remembering which day, season, or year it is. There may also be some confusion as to the location that they are at or how they came to be there.
- Troubles with vision or understanding space. A person with Alzheimer’s might have difficulty judging item’s relation to each other, such as distance, or color and contrast. This may be manifested in an increased difficulty with driving, or struggling to read.
- Problems with words; whether speaking or writing. A person with Alzheimer’s may struggle to join a conversation, or forget what they were saying mid-sentence. There may also be some problems remembering the correct words for different objects.
- Trouble with misplacing objects. Often, people with Alzheimer’s have difficulty remembering where they placed items, and are not able to retrace their steps. When unable to locate items, they may accuse others of stealing them.
- Changes in judgement and decision-making. People who are suffering from Alzheimer’s can experience a decrease in judgement; such as giving large sums of money away to telemarketers, or paying less attention to self-grooming.
- Removal from hobbies or social events. A person with Alzheimer’s might remove themselves from their regular social routine, or have trouble keeping up with hobbies and favorite sport teams.
- Changes in mood. A person with Alzheimer’s may begin to act more fearful, depressed, anxious, suspicious, and more easily aggravated.
Early detection is very important with Alzheimer’s. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, feel free to contact us at Premier Pointe to get some information about your next step!
*Information provided by the Alzheimer’s Association