5 Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease You Should Know

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It can be hard to know what’s normal and what isn’t when it comes to memory loss in older adults.
Walking into a room and forgetting what they came in for once in a while is normal. So is forgetting a name and remembering it later. However, frequent lapses in memory could signal a problem. Below are 5 common early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease that could help you spot it in your older family member.

Elder Care in Coconut Creek FL: Alzheimer’s


1: Being Unable to Remember Things

Everyone forgets a name or appointment once in a while, then remembers it later. They can usually provide details about the person whose name they forgot or about the appointment they forgot. However, when a senior only acknowledges a lapse in memory when asked about it and not being able to remember when they had a memory lapse suggest a more serious problem.

2: Trouble Following Steps

Alzheimer’s disease can cause seniors to have difficulty making a plan to complete a task or solve a problem. They may also have trouble following the steps it takes to do something, such as the steps in a recipe or the steps needed to pay bills. Working with numbers may be especially troublesome.

3: Change in Personality

Dementia can impact a person’s disposition and temperament. They may go from being a cheerful, involved person to someone who is withdrawn and angry. Many people with Alzheimer’s also experience depression, which may make them stop doing things they enjoy, lose interest in eating, or change their sleep habits.

4: Language Problems

People with Alzheimer’s disease can have difficulty remembering the correct words to use when speaking. They sometimes describe items instead of naming them. For example, they might say “that think I watch the news on” instead of “the television.” They might also have trouble with reading or writing.

5: Difficulty with Time and Place

Seniors with dementia can have difficulty keeping track of what day it is or even what season. They can have trouble understanding something that isn’t happening right now. They could also forget where they currently are or be unsure of how they got there.

If your older family member has Alzheimer’s disease, elder care can help them to continue living safely at home for longer. Elder care providers can make certain the senior does not do something unsafe, like forgetting to turn the stove off. An elder care provider can also assist with tasks that are difficult because of cognitive problems, such as paying bills or going through the mail to make sure important items are addressed.

If you or a family member are in need of hiring Elder Care in Coconut Creek, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

Sources

Alz.org
Health.harvard.edu
Webmd.com

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.