September 9, 2015 by
You may be noticing subtle changes in Mom’s behaviors – she’s becoming a bit more forgetful, perhaps – and you find yourself wondering: could this possibly be the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease? If this thought has crossed your mind, start by reviewing these ten basic red flags that could be indicative of Alzheimer’s:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life – forgetting recently learned information or important dates
- Trouble in planning or solving problems – difficulty following familiar instructions, recipes, how to pay monthly bills, etc.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks – trouble driving to or navigating to familiar places
- Time and place confusion – losing track of days or seasons
- Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships – difficulty judging distance or determining colors
- New problems with speaking or writing – repetitive speech, trouble following conversations
- Misplacing things, inability to retrace steps – putting things in unusual places, may accuse others of stealing
- Decreased or poor judgment – problems dealing with money, paying less attention to grooming
- Withdrawal from work or social activities – shying away from social functions or tasks
- Changes in mood or personality – easily upset, confused, suspicious, fearful, etc.
If you’re concerned that your loved one may potentially be entering the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, the first step should always be to schedule an appointment with his or her primary care physician.
If you discover that Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia is impacting your loved one, take a deep breath, and then call At Home Independent Living. We’re helping seniors and their families throughout Syracuse and the surrounding areas, with a specialized focus on caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease. We’re also proud to have Mike Massurin, formerly the Director of Services for the Syracuse Alzheimer’s Association chapter, as part of our Alzheimer’s care team – so you can rest assured in our unparalleled depth of knowledge and experience in dementia care.
We understand the unique challenges and concerns of providing Alzheimer’s care, and you can trust our compassionate and qualified Syracuse home care experts to foster optimum health, wellbeing, and independence in your loved one. Call us any time at 315-579-4663, or download our free brochure to learn more about the best dementia care Syracuse, NY and the surrounding area has to offer.