As you spend time with your senior loved one, you may notice changes in their behavior or environment that could warrant a doctor’s visit. It’s important to take note of these signs and address them as soon as possible.
Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease/dementia means that your family and loved one can plan accordingly. Early diagnosis allows for prioritization, creating a comprehensive memory care strategy and in some cases, allowing the person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia to participate in the decision-making process.
Behaviors and indicators that may be symptomatic of Alzheimer’s Disease/dementia may include:
- An unkempt house, bills piling up, lack of groceries or food that has long expired
- Memory problems – short-term memory loss usually starts with small things before it becomes more prominent, asking the same questions over and over
- Disorientation – getting lost in familiar places, trouble with comprehension
- Agitation and anxiety
- Poor judgment – making uncharacteristic decisions
If you notice any of these signs or other unusual behaviors, it is important to remain calm, caring and compassionate and see a doctor with your loved one so that you understand what may be the cause. Subsequently, it’s important to create a strategy for memory care, creating a community of support and making sure your loved one remains active and engaged.
Reach out to us at any stage of your journey so that we can provide resources, support group information or details about the services offered at Memory Care of Simpsonville: (864) 962-3038.
by Linda Carrasco, Regional Director of Operations, Memory Care America/Memory Care of Simpsonville