Nov 22, 2017 by Kristina Butler
The most common form of dementia in the United States and around the world is Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's slowly destroys a senior’s memory and critical thinking skills by causing brain changes that negatively impact memory, cognition, and behavior. These negative changes also impact other brain-based functions, such as language, spatial awareness, and, eventually, motor function. In the later stages of this disease, seniors lose their ability to care for themselves and will not be able to complete even simple tasks, such as bathing, toileting, and preparing meals.
While there are currently no cures for Alzheimer's disease, there are ways to improve a senior's independence and quality of life. The most important step in Alzheimer's care is early identification and diagnosis. Only then can elder care services provide the tools, techniques, and assistance that a senior and their family requires.
November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month in the United States. In honor of Alzheimer's Awareness Month, Comfort Keepers elder care services has compiled this list of common warning signs. The more seniors and families who are aware of the warning signs of this deadly disease, the greater the chances that early intervention will take place.
Typically, the first, and the most noticeable, warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. Initially, this loss causes one to have trouble recalling names, faces, and places. Soon, even the names and purposes of common objects will be problematic.
Going hand-in-hand with memory loss is misplacing items. This is not simply forgetting where the remote is, but placing items in inappropriate places where they cannot be found. For example, the keys may end up in the freezer, spices may find their way into the sock drawer, and clothing could end up in the dishwasher or stove.
A senior's reasoning is also impacted. This is seen through the neglect of personal hygiene, making irrational decisions, gross financial irresponsibility, and making random statements that do not make any sense contextually.
These are the most common of the 10 warning signs given by the Alzheimer's Association. During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, seniors and their families are encouraged to become familiar with these signs and seek help if questions arise. The earlier signs are spotted, the earlier help start.
For more information about Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, or Comfort Keepers elder care services, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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