Misplacing the keys to your car. Forgetting the name of someone you know you have met before. Mistaking today’s date with tomorrow’s. Can these be indicators of Alzheimer’s disease?
Because June is designated as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we at Enhanced Home Care, the leaders in Alzheimer’s care in Kansas City, wanted to help you differentiate between some of the normal characteristics of aging, such as minimal lapse of memory, and those that might point to the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand that Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal component of aging. It’s a disease that slowly produces cognitive decline, impacting reasoning and judgment, thinking and memory. Its trademark warning signs could entail any or all of the following, in varying degrees of intensity:
- Overall Disorientation. More than forgetting momentarily what day it is (but then realizing the correct date on your own), individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can wrestle with the concept of time and place besides what is going on in the present moment. They could also confuse commonly used words and phrases; for instance, not able to think of the word “spoon,” they might instead call it a “food shovel.”
- Short-Term Memory Loss. Though we all forget an appointment or someone’s name at times, the memory loss in Alzheimer’s is frequently focused mostly on short-term memories, with long-term memories remaining intact into the later stages of the disease. One main red flag is repetition of speech – telling the same story time and time again.
- Personality Changes. Someone who has, for the most part, been upbeat and pleasant throughout his/her life might begin to be depressed, distrustful, and nervous, especially when in new or different settings or situations.
- Difficulties with Routine Tasks. When a person has taken pleasure in playing a specific card game for many years but suddenly is unable to remember the rules, is unsure how to operate a once-familiar microwave or dishwasher, or no longer can follow the instructions to make a favorite recipe, Alzheimer’s may be at play.
When indicators of Alzheimer’s are suspected, it’s crucial that an appointment be made with the senior’s physician for further testing and to decide upon the best plan of care.
If an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is determined, Enhanced Home Care can help. Our specially trained dementia caregivers are on hand with expert, compassionate care to assist with managing the more difficult aspects of the disease, partnering with families to provide much-needed respite care. We help ensure that older adults with Alzheimer’s are safe and experience the highest possible quality of care at all times.
Quality Alzheimer’s Care Kansas City Families Deserve
Whether you require assistance with carrying out individualized activities to enhance quality of life, or help with some of the more task-oriented aspects of care, such as meal preparation, household chores, laundry, and running errands, enabling you to spend more quality time with your loved one, you can count on Enhanced Home Care. You can reach us any time at 913-327-0000 to learn more about the best Alzheimer’s care Kansas City and the surrounding area can find.