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Would You be Able to Recognize the Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease in Your Elder Care Journey?

By Vicki and Brian Day

Elder Care in Walnutport PA

Alzheimer's disease is not something that you want to think about your aging loved one having to deal with during the course of your elder care journey with her. You do not want her to face the challenges that come with the memory loss and cognitive limitations. You likely also worry about her going through the physical decline and dealing with the care tasks that come along with those limitations. It is important, however, that you are not allowing your worries about this disease turn into denial. If you try to convince yourself that your parent is not at risk or that she is "too young" to develop the disease, you may close yourself off to the possibility of detecting the early signs and symptoms. 

Many people think of Alzheimer's disease as something that is so glaringly obvious that it would be next to impossible to miss it. They think of the seniors who are not able to remember the names of the people around them, who store their milk in the pantry and their cereal in the refrigerator, or who cannot even leave the home. This, however, is not how the disease begins. Seniors do not just suddenly lose cognitive functioning and memory skills. Instead, they progress through the disease. This means that they will start with symptoms that are very subtle and only slightly disruptive, and then move forward into more serious issues.  

It is important to realize this because it is all too easy to overlook the early signs of Alzheimer's disease. Taking the time to really pay attention to your loved one and know what to look for can help you to be vigilant about her health and wellbeing. Early detection is key to helping your parent get the proper diagnosis and start the course of treatment and management that is right for her.    

Some of the early signs of Alzheimer's disease include: 
  • Memory loss that makes an impact on daily life, such as missing appointments or not being able to recall information from a recent conversation 
  • Having trouble making plans or solving everyday problems. This can mean not being able to balance her checkbook even if she has done it her entire adult life, or having trouble following a recipe 
  • Not being able to successfully complete familiar or simple tasks such as playing a favorite game, getting to somewhere familiar, or finishing a grocery shopping trip 
  • Having trouble remembering or understanding the passage of time. This may mean routinely forgetting the day of the week or not realizing what season it is 
  • Forgetting where they are or getting confused about a sequence of events that led them to where they are 
  • Having difficulty following a conversation. This can mean suddenly stopping in the middle of a conversation, not completing sentences, or seeming to not be able to follow what a person is saying. She may seem to not know how to respond to a question or how to express a thought.    

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home elder care in Walnutport PA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today! (610) 365-4266.