Did you know that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month? Denial and ignorance are two of the biggest dangers when it comes to Alzheimer’s. Families that don’t know (or don’t want to know) how to read the early signs of Alzheimer’s could be setting their loved one up to be susceptible to many dangerous situations. A few examples of the types of dangerous situations include: wandering off, forgetting to take medication or even leaving the stove on.
When you understand how to read the early signs of Alzheimer’s, you can ensure that your loved one gets the care that they need BEFORE a dangerous situation occurs. The following is a list of the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s from our San Diego home care professionals:
- Memory loss- It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between normal forgetfulness and forgetfulness that may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Normal forgetfulness may include something like forgetting someone’s name, but remembering it later, while an example of an early warning sign would be someone who forgets information that was recently given to them.
- Problem solving- We all make mistakes every once in a while, but there is a big difference between writing a number down wrong in your checkbook and not being able to concentrate long enough to even balance your checkbook at all.
- Mood changes- Everyone gets irritated every so often, but if you notice that your formally easy-going loved one has suddenly become suspicious, anxious or depressed –it may be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease.
These are just of few of the many early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, please check back soon for our next blog.