March 19, 2015 by
Early stage Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can present with a variety of symptoms – most widely known being forgetfulness and memory loss. However, recent study findings revealed some additional indicators that may point to the onset of these diseases.
A group of 2,400 healthy adults provided details on their mental and physical health, and then were followed up with seven years later. The results indicate there may be a connection between the underlying causes of depression and those of dementia, with nearly twice as many of those with depression also showing early signs of dementia.
Additionally, the study results point to these symptoms that may be indicative of the start of dementia:
- Changes in food cravings: Particularly if a new preference for sweets is noticed, but also expired or rotten food, since changes to the parts of the brain affecting appetite and taste can be altered by dementia.
- New criminal behaviors: Recognizing and following social rules and conventions is attributed to part of the brain that can be affected by one particular type of dementia, frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
- Inability to recognize sarcasm: Losing the ability to understand certain types of communication, such as sarcasm, lying and insincere speech might be a sign of early dementia.
- Hoarding: Dementia has been linked to compulsive and ritualistic behaviors, such as hoarding.
We’ve compiled a wealth of helpful resources related to Alzheimer’s, and have been helping families in Syracuse and the surrounding areas find hope and encouragement through our compassionate, specialized dementia services, including:
- Supervision of daily activities
- Transportation and accompaniment to and from doctor visits
- Encouraging participation in stimulating activities
- Playing games
- Meal planning and preparation
- Assistance in managing challenging behaviors
- And much more
Contact At Home Independent Living at 315-579-4663 and allow us to walk beside you through your loved one’s journey through Alzheimer’s.