If you have been keeping up on our blogs, then you know that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Catching Alzheimer’s Disease early can help to prevent dangerous situations from occurring. In our last blog we discussed a few of the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, but we didn’t have time to go into detail about them all. During this blog, our San Diego home care professionals will be going over more early warning signs to watch out for:
- Trouble with Familiar Tasks- Completing day to day tasks can become much more difficult if you have Alzheimer’s. Even tasks that are incredibly simple, like driving to the grocery store, can become frustrating and difficult to complete.
- Withdrawn- It is very common for people with dementia to become withdrawn from family, friends, social activities, hobbies and more. It could be that they can’t remember the dates and times that activities were planned, or they just want to avoid people because of the changes they have faced.
- Poor Judgement- Decision making becomes much more difficult with Alzheimer’s. One example would be a person who uncharacteristically makes a large purchase from a telemarketer or a paid advertisement on television.
- Trouble Communicating- By communicating we mean speaking, following a conversation or even writing. A person with Alzheimer’s may randomly pause in the middle of a sentence or repeat themselves over and over again. They also may have trouble finding the right words to use.
- Misplacing Items- We all lose things every once in a while, but most of us can retrace our steps to find them. Someone with dementia may put their things in unusual places, and it is also common for them to accuse others of stealing.