Alzheimer’s Disease is a condition in which a person’s cognitive functions are in decline. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is a chronic and progressive disease that hinders a person’s ability to reason, remember or plan. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, memory loss is mild. However, when the disease progresses, the individual will lose their ability to carry on a conversation or remember where they are. The majority of those with Alzheimer’s are over the age of 65. The Alzheimer’s Association states that once the symptoms of Alzheimer’s become noticeable, the average person will only live for 8 years, depending on their health and age. Early detection with Alzheimer’s is key to prolonging your loved one’s life. Here is a list of early signs to look for in your loved one:

 

  • Getting lost in familiar places
  • Changes in personality or sudden depression
  • Socially inappropriate behavior
  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Staring off into space
  • Forgetting names or important things
  • Difficulty finding your words during a conversation

 

If your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the best thing you can do for them is to prolong the onset of more severe effects of the disease by doing small activities with them. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends that matching games and puzzles be completed weekly for best results. Activities that require movement and hand-eye coordination, such as using a wrench to turn a bolt, or picking items up off the floor with a grabber tool will provide sensory stimulation that will benefit your loved one if done regularly.

We are a licensed Personal Assistance Service that provides individualized service plans in collaboration with the patient and their family. We specialize in Alzheimer’s care and offer services such as consistent daily care, behavior monitoring, reliable communication practices, communication with family, medication reminders, and strength building exercises. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced caregivers, contact us at 817-773-5818, or by visiting our contact page.

 

 

 

 

Sources: alz.org, healthline.com