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Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Have you noticed mom or dad is developing memory loss that is disrupting his or her daily life? Memory loss is one of the most common signs of Alzheimer's, especially forgetting recently learned information.

Other symptoms of memory loss may include: forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aides (such as reminder notes) or family members for things your loved one used to handle independently.·

You may have also noticed mom or dad struggling to complete daily tasks. Familiar tasks, such as driving to familiar locations, managing a budget at work or the checkbook at home, remembering the rules of a favorite game, may become increasingly more difficult.

People with Alzheimer's disease will often misplace things, to include placing items in unusual places, and lose the ability to retrace their steps to find them. They might actually accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.

Some people may begin to experience challenges in planning or solving problems. You might notice mom or dad having difficulty planningAlzheimer7 or cooking a meal, even having difficulty following a familiar recipe. They may be losing the ability to work with numbers, balance the check book, pay the bills or develop a plan to deal with a late bill. Difficulty concentrating and taking longer to complete familiar tasks are commonly seen with Alzheimer's.

Have you observed mom or dad displaying decreased judgement resulting in poor decision-making? You might notice the inability to use appropriate judgement when dealing with money, such as giving large amounts of money to telemarketers. People with Alzheimer's may also pay less attention to grooming or keeping themsevles clean.·

Additionally, you may notice your loved one experiencing confusion with time or place as he or she states, "I will see you tomorrow", when they should have remembered you would return the same day after work.·Losing track of dates, seasons and the passage of time is associated with Alzheimer's. If something is not happening immediately, your loved one may struggle to understand what is going on. He or she might also forget where they are or how they got there.·

Have you observed that mom or dad has begun to withdraw from work or social activities? A person with Alzheimer's may begin to remove themselves from situations they are struggling to deal with, such as hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have forgotten how to complete their favorite hobby or have developed an inability to keep up with their favorite sports team. Due to the changes your loved one may be experiencing, they may avoid socialization.

People with Alzheimer's may experience trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. You may notice mom or dad having vision problems, such as difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. Changes in perception may occur, such as mom or dad walking by a mirror and thinking someone else is in the room, not realizing they are the one in the mirror; or they may become frustrated feeling they are in the middle of the scene or conversation coming from the television.

advocateAdditionally, new problems with words in speaking or writing may develop, making it difficult for your loved one to follow or join a conversation. You might notice they stop in the middle of a conversation, having no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. Struggling with vocabulary, difficulty finding the right words or calling things by the wrong name is associated with Alzheimer's. Over time, your loved one may become less verbal.

Alzheimer's disease may present noticeable changes in the mood and/or personality of your loved one, contributing to confusion and depression, as well as feelings of suspicion or anxiety. Mom or dad may become easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are not in their comfort zone.

Concierge Services of Augusta understands the challenges caregivers face on a day-to-day basis. Our Registered Nurses make house calls, providing a FREE Consultation, to assist caregivers and family members to find resources they need to ensure their loved one is cared for! Please call us today. 706-829-2032.

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March1HeadShot.12.31.12Lori Greenhill RN BSN is a nurse consultant, helping families with elder care decisions. Lori recognizes that caregivers are in a 24/7 role, often feel isolated, and have very little time for themselves to renew their emotional and physical energy. Thus, Coaching For Caregivers Online Support Group and The Caregiver Mentor Program began for caregivers to ask questions, share stories, and develop an extended family without having to leave home. More information and free resources are available on the website. lorigreenhill.com

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