What are some early warning signs of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a devastating medical condition that can be just as stressful on the family of the afflicted as the person suffering from the illness. Recognizing the early warning signs is crucial to getting the help your loved one needs, including finding a reliable nursing home to provide long-term care. If you’re concerned that someone you love is suffering from Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association offers the following information on who to identify issues.

Issues with problem solving

Problem solving is an important to skill to have in daily life. When Alzheimer’s initially develops people may experience problems performing math equations, trouble following instructions (such as recipes), and paying bills on a regular basis. While some of these changes occur naturally as a part of the aging process, people with Alzheimer’s will have significant problems concentrating.

Confusion

Many people with Alzheimer’s can become confused easily. Dates and locations are often mixed up, and people may forget where they are even when they're at home. Additionally, this confusion will persist throughout the days and weeks, even if you provide the correct information to your loved one. They may even forget people’s names and faces they’ve known for a long time.

Trouble speaking and writing

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s can also present verbally and in writing. Your loved one may forget words for common items or constantly repeat statements and questions. For instance, he or she may ask about dinner multiple times without the ability to retain the information given. They may also have problems following along with conversations. Communications problems tend to become worse over time, which would necessitate professional help.

 

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