Recognizing common warning signs of dementia in its early stages can make the difference in reversing its onset. We understand how concerning it can be when you begin noticing behavior irregularities in a loved one, and we are doing everything we can to provide the best Alzheimer’s treatment at LifeSeasons Medical.
If you notice someone in your life showing any of the following symptoms — which the Alzheimer’s Association noted as 10 of the most common warning signs — contact us immediately to utilize the best treatment and research available.
Considerable Memory Loss
Memory loss is one of the most common signs that a loved one may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. This goes beyond the occasional forgotten name or misplaced keys that people universally experience.
If, however, someone is forgetting recently learned information, repeating the same questions over and over, or forgetting important dates in their life, this may be a sign of something more serious. Disregarding these concerns can result in irreversible consequences down the road.
Difficulty With Familiar Tasks
Another possible sign of dementia is the inability to perform tasks that are common in someone’s life. Whether you notice someone struggling with tasks in their longtime job, forgetting an often-traveled route to the store, or losing the ability to remember how to play their favorite board game, it is important to notice the danger in this.
This does not refer to someone struggling to learn a new task, especially if that person is older and struggling with new technology.
Withdrawal From Social Activities
Even if someone is not particularly outgoing, their potential withdrawal from activities could signify something more dangerous. People living with Alzheimer’s often have difficulty carrying on conversations, which could further make them not want to interact in common social activities more often.
Everyone needs some downtime to relax by themselves, and even the most outgoing people can become uninterested in conversations now and then. But if you notice a loved one avoiding social activities and conversations more often, call LifeSeasons Medical.
Challenges in Problem Solving
If you notice a typically sharp person struggling with plans and numbers, this could be a sign of dementia. Working with numbers can become increasingly difficult, causing them to have trouble with familiar recipes, household finances, or typical roadblocks at work.
Everyone makes the occasional mistake when adding numbers or making a budget. However, if you notice these mistakes occurring with greater frequency, or if the problems begin affecting the individual’s daily life, it could be more serious.
Personality and Moods Changes
As people age, they will often settle into routines and common ways of doing things — that’s normal. But if you notice someone in your life become ornery with the smallest inconveniences or deviations from routine, it is important to monitor those changes.
When someone becomes easily upset around good company or gets upset, suspicious, or fearful when another person attempts to help them, these could be dangerous signs of Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.
If patterns of poor judgement are becoming increasingly routine in a loved one’s behavior, it’s important to begin Alzheimer’s treatment with LifeSeasons Medical. It could be wearing improper clothing for certain weather situations, consistently giving away money or falling for credit card scams, or ignoring personal hygiene.
These occurrences not only impact the person directly, they also affect those around them. This does not refer to the occasional mistake or decision that a loved one questions.
Struggles With Written or Verbal Communication
A common struggle people encounter when living with a form of dementia comes in terms of communication. Have you noticed a loved one who used to be comfortable communicating now struggles when trying to join or carry on a conversation? Do you notice common words slip their memory when speaking with them? Were they an engaging writer in the past but struggle to put their thoughts on paper now?
All of these could be a sign that they are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. If, however, someone struggles to come up with the correct word to describe something only occasionally, you generally should not be worried.
Visual and Spatial Discomforts
These concerns are sometimes the most easily identifiable as they begin to impact someone’s daily life. People struggling with dementia will often experience vision problems that could impact their ability to read and balance. This could also make it difficult for them to accurately gauge depth and distance.
When you notice a loved one struggling with any of these problems — aside from those brought on by cataracts or other vision disabilities — it’s important to begin treatment promptly.
Constantly Misplacing Things
Everyone occasionally misplaces their keys, phone or TV remote, but if someone in your life begins to do so many times per day, it could signify something more serious than simply getting distracted. Not only does a person living with Alzheimer’s misplace things more frequently, they also put them in unfamiliar places.
Whether it’s leaving a phone in the fridge or wallet in the bathroom, these mistakes can affect daily life. It’s also common that those with dementia will have difficulty retracing their steps, making it even more difficult to find misplaced items.
Difficulty With Time and Place
Disorientation with time and place can be a tell-tale sign of Alzheimer’s. This can include people losing track of dates, days of the week, seasons, and the general passage of time. It could also cause people to struggle with knowing where they are or how they got there. It’s important to remember that someone thinking it’s Thursday when it’s actually Wednesday can just be a common mistake, rather than a sign of dementia.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a scary thing for any family to go through, but we are here to help at LifeSeasons Medical. We utilize leading research and treatment from Dale Bredesen to ensure you and your loved ones receive the best possible care.
If you have questions about a loved one’s symptoms, or if you are ready to learn more about our treatment center, call LifeSeasons Medical today.