As people age, they may display symptoms of Alzheimer Disease. Some symptoms common to the disease may have other causes, such as suffering a stroke, a brain tumor or fluid on the brain. Alzheimer type symptoms can also be caused by correctable conditions like a vitamin deficiency or intoxication from medication. Enlisting the help of a compassionate caregiver from an in-home healthcare agency can help your loved one with activities of daily living and offer companionship.
Changes with Alzheimer’s
People with Alzheimer Disease may display a range of difficulties in areas of mental functioning. The individual may have memory problems, have trouble finding the words to convey a thought, and show poor judgment and thinking skills. You may notice emotional behavior or personality changes. Perception may also be affected.
Mild Cognitive Impairment
While some forgetfulness is common in aging seniors, some people develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) that can be an in-between stage on the way to Alzheimer’s. Those with mild cognitive impairment have some problems with memory and thinking, and they are typically aware of the situation. Seniors with MCI do not struggle with daily activities such as bathing, eating, and toileting, and they may never develop Alzheimer’s. The symptoms of mild cognitive impairment include forgetting events and conversations, having trouble solving problems and performing a couple of tasks at a time, and needing more time to perform difficult activities.
Common Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
At the early state of Alzheimer ’s disease, individuals may forget the name of familiar objects, misplace items and get lost on previously familiar routes. They might have trouble with ordinary tasks like balancing the checkbook, and they may experience difficulty learning new information. Sometimes there is a loss of social skills and a personality change.
As the disease progresses, they may wake up at night and suffer from depression, delusions and agitation. They can have trouble reading and writing, and they may use confusing sentences or choose the wrong word. Eventually, an Alzheimer’s patient may lose the ability to recognize danger and perform the basic activities of daily living. Those with severe Alzheimer’s may no longer recognize family members and forget about the events that shaped their life history.
Making the Diagnosis
If your loved one shows symptoms of Alzheimer’s, a CT scan. PET scan or an MRI of the brain may show the cause. The doctor will perform a complete physical examination that includes a nervous system evaluation, as well as mental function tests.
Home Helpers of South Shore
Home Helpers of South Shore is an in-home healthcare agency owned and operated by a compassionate health professional with a strong understanding of the needs of aging seniors. Their caregivers take a personal, hands-on approach to care-giving that provides the best possible home care for seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s. Contact Home Helpers of South Shore to help develop an individualized care plan to benefit your aging loved one.
Please fill out the form on the left and we will get in touch with you about setting up in-home health care, or call us at 781-585-1244 to determine the plan that is right for you.
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