This is where I stress that I am by no means a Doctor or even an expert. If you suspect that someone you love may be suffering from Alzheimer’s make appointment with their Dr. You need to be able to talk with their Dr. about your concerns and relate any signs that you may have witnessed. There are tests that can be run to determine if it is another medical problem such as Depression, a UTI or maybe even a side effect of some medications.
10 SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA…
- Forgetting things like planned events; like a lunch date with friends or a doctor’s appointment
- Having trouble following directions; like a recipe or balancing their checkbook.
- Difficulty completing tasks; like turning on the microwave or maybe operating the remote control.
- Forgetting the time or date even the seasons.
- Problems with finding the right words in a conversation.
- Losing things; misplacing a necklace or a hairbrush etc.
- Bad judgment; this can mean sending large amounts of money to charities or maybe not bathing often enough.
- Withdrawing from things they used to love to do; maybe the don’t remember how to work the sewing machine, how to knit. They may not want to be around other people.
- Mood swings; they may get emotional as they start to realize that they are having problems. They may become irritable when there are changes in their routines.
- Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships; some have a hard time seeing, judging distances and determining colors. Which is such a hazard when it comes to driving.
If someone you love is showing one or all of the signs above it is time to get to the Dr. There are some medications that can slow the progress of Alzheimer’s/Dementia down and important decisions that will need to be made as soon as possible.