The holidays are mostly known for being filled with love and joy, especially as many of us are reconnecting with family members that we haven’t seen in a while. It’s also a time when children are most likely to notice differences in their parent’s, or grandparent’s, behavior.
We know that it’s normal to experience memory loss with aging, but Alzheimer’s is much different than memory loss. Did you know that every 66 seconds a person in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease? Since this is a very significant number, it’s important to know the difference.
If you’re concerned a loved one is developing Alzheimer’s, take a look at these warning signs:
- Forgetting something new that they have just learned, or important dates/events.
- Ex: Wife’s birthday.
- Difficulty with problem solving.
- Ex: Forgetting how to do the laundry.
- Misplacing objects in unusual places.
- Ex: Putting hat/gloves in the refrigerator.
- Trouble with words, or speaking.
- Ex: Stopping mid-sentence and having no idea how to continue.
- Poor judgement.
- Ex: Not bathing regularly.
- Mood swings and personality changes.
- Ex: Being upset about driving in the car to somewhere unfamiliar.
- Confusion on dates/times.
- Ex: Not knowing they’re at Thanksgiving dinner.
- Withdrawal from work/social activities.
- Ex: Trouble keeping up with favorite sports team.
If these signs seem familiar, encourage, or accompany, your loved one to see a doctor right away. Early detection will allow more time to make legal, financial, and care decisions. ACM Home Health is certified in the Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer program; we have been extensively trained to teach caregiver strategies in the home to manage behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s.
For more information, please contact us at (937) 544-2755, or visit our website at www.acmhh.com.