Updated: Nov 16, 2020
With this disease there are signs that most would put off because of age but these are the signs from Alzheimers Association. “The most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information.” At this point testing their ability to remember things would be a great idea. Like ask them your name and your relationship with them. Ask them what they did yesterday. If they can genuinely answer those questions and you are still concerned, make a doctor's appointment for them. It is best to meet with a geriatric care doctor, since they specialize in working with the elderly. Due to the Coronavirus, this is even more important as the social isolation leads to even more rapid decline.
“Challenges with planning or solving problems. An example would be making occasional errors when managing finances or household bills.” An example of this is visiting your mother in winter, the house may be freezing cold because she forgot how to use the thermostat. Continuously withdrawing the same amount of cash each day from the bank. Failure to pay utility bills. At this point you should be suspicious. Contact the utility companies to review the bills.
“Sometimes they may have trouble driving to a familiar location, organizing a grocery list or remembering the rules of a favorite game. Occasionally needing help to use microwave settings or to record a TV show.” At our day care, clients often confuse the house phone for a cellphone, carrying it with them just in case they receive a phone call; more than likely they don't own cellphones. Most people make a lot of grocery store trips a month but in within that month he/she is found somewhere else they won’t think of it and when you find out they will be at a police station.
“They can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.” I've seen my grandmother frightened because she was lost in the grocery store and couldn't find her caregiver. One of our clients became quite violent at the hospital because she didn't understand how she got there and became quite violent and was almost arrested.
Another problem associated with Dementia is hygiene. Seniors affected by these diseases may go a week or two without showering or brushing their teeth. Most don’t know they smell because they become desensitized to the smell.
When any these symptoms or signs are noticed take he/she to the doctor to verify if your family member has Alzheimer’s. It is common that their children or spouses wait too long because they are in denial or fail to recognize the signs. Studies indicate that addressing these signs early can help slow the progression of the disease.