When most people think about Alzheimer’s disease, the first thing that comes to mind is memory loss.
In fact, many people believe the only way this disease impacts those who suffer from it is the loss of memory. This, however, is not the case. If you are a family caregiver, it is very important to recognize that while no longer being able to recognize people and forgetting where your senior put things is a part of Alzheimer’s disease, it is not the only impact, and it is not the warning sign.
There are ten early warning signs doctors look out for when determining if a senior may be living with Alzheimer’s disease.
These ten signs evaluate a senior’s cognitive functioning, as well as their memory and behavior, with the goal of them receiving an early diagnosis. The earlier in their journey with Alzheimer’s disease your parent receives their diagnosis, the better chances they have of getting on a course of management that is right for their needs, and that will support a better quality of life throughout their later years.
If you notice your aging parent’s behavior or functioning have changed, ask yourself if they seem to be experiencing any of these early signs. If they are, don’t hesitate to get in touch with their doctor as soon as possible to discuss your concerns:
● Memory loss that becomes disruptive to daily life
● A difficulty with problem-solving or with planning
● Difficulty completing tasks they are familiar with throughout the home, or in their leisure time
● Confusion about where they are, the time, the day, or the season
● Difficulty understanding spatial relationships or visual images
● A new difficulty with words, speaking or writing
● Misplacing things frequently, and having difficulty retracing their steps to find those things
● Decreased judgment, or making poor judgments
● Withdrawal from social activities
● Marked changes in personality or mood
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions you make for them during the course of your caregiver experience with them.
A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure they have continuous access to the level of support, assistance, and care they need. This means they can manage their challenges and limitations in the ways that are right for them, while also pursuing a lifestyle that is as safe, independent, and fulfilling as possible. As their family caregiver, it can give you a tremendous sense of peace of mind and confidence knowing that your senior has these highly personalized services when you are unable to be with them. This ensures the highest quality of life possible, while also relieving your stress, and allowing you to focus on other elements of your life.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Portland, OR, please contact the caring staff at Integrity In-Home Care.
Call today (503) 660-3755