Identifying the Early Signs/Symptoms of Alzheimer’s in Seniors in North Reading, Massachusetts
Nov 14, 2018 by Barbara Buggy
The Importance of Early Detection
It should come as no surprise that the world of Alzheimer’s research and awareness is as big as it currently is. Millions across the nation and around the world have been affected by the disease in some form, whether in dealing with their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. When it comes to Alzheimer’s awareness, one of the most vital components is education, not only on what Alzheimer’s is, but what research is being done to find a cure. Early detection, one of the aspects of Alzheimer’s education that was once less emphasized, is now receiving more attention. That’s because further research and testing is being conducted on how the brain starts to change years before severe symptoms occur in Alzheimer’s patients.
As a result of this research, organizations are aiming to increase the number of people who are aware of their diagnosis. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is extraordinarily difficult for everyone involved, but identifying it sooner rather than later can often make a significant impact on quality of life. Early detection not only allows for the possibility of participating in clinical trials, but it also provides patients and families the chance to plan for what’s to come and to find the appropriate level of care.
Early Signs/Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Below are some of the common early symptoms and signs of Alzheimer’s that senior clients in North Reading, Massachusetts and family caregivers can be on the lookout for. If clients or family caregivers notice any of these signs, they should immediately schedule a physician appointment.
Forgetting recently learned information, important dates/events, or repeatedly asking for the same information
Expressing worry or concern about memory capabilities
Trouble managing finances or solving problems
Reluctance to plan for future events, especially for those who typically volunteer their time to plan
Becoming lost while driving, especially on familiar roads
Disengaging from work, favorite pastimes/hobbies, or social events
Increased change in mood and personality
Poor judgement or decision making
Difficulty following or joining a conversation, struggling with vocabulary, and using the wrong words for everyday things
Inability to judge distance/space and understand visual images
Easily – and frequently – losing track of time
Sleep problems (falling or staying asleep)
Misplacing items and lacking the ability to retrace steps to find them
Increased anxiety or feelings of depression
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home
Comfort Keepers® in North Reading, Massachusetts Can Help
At Comfort Keepers® in North Reading, Massachusetts our professional care team is trained to identify changes in client behavior and report them to the family. For those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, our caregivers can help them remain safe and comfortable at home, while providing everything from laundry and housekeeping to meal preparation and transportation. Give us a call anytime at (978) 664-6700 or schedule a consultation to learn about our Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care and other services.
Harvard Health Publishing – Harvard Medical School. “Looking for early signs of Alzheimer’s.” Web. 2017.
Alzheimer’s Association. “10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s.” Web. 2018.
Reader’s Digest. “10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Every Adult Should Know” by Lauren Gelman. Web. 2018.