As your loved one ages, you may begin to notice changes in their ability to remember or function independently. These changes indicate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, or they may just be a normal part of the aging process. Consider these 5 early warning signs to determine if your loved one may be developing Alzheimer’s.
1. Memory Loss - Short-term memory issues that impact the ability to learn and retain new information are more significant than misplacing keys.
2. Changes in Personality or Mood - Becoming easily upset, frustrated, or anxious, especially in a person who is normally stable and cheerful, may be an indication that neurological changes are beginning.
3. Withdrawal - When older people stop enjoying social gatherings or beloved hobbies, they may be experiencing difficulty concentrating or adapting to routines.
4. Speaking Difficulty - It is normal to occasionally have some trouble finding the right word, but if it happens often, take note of it.
5. Vision Changes - Depth perception and visual-spatial problems are more of a concern than difficulty seeing distances or up close.
Any or all of these signs can be typical in the elderly, but if they are new or frequent, it may be time to talk to a doctor to determine if Alzheimer’s disease is indicated. Contact Oakridge Gardens Nursing Center in Menasha at 920-739-0111, for more information on identifying the onset of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.