Spotting Alzheimer’s, Five Signs to Look For

Senior Citizen
12/28/2015

If you’ve noticed changes in your loved one’s behavior, you may be harboring concerns about their memory. Are they suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s? Do they have another form of dementia? For most people, these questions can be difficult, both to answer and to struggle with. One of the first things that you should do is consult with a doctor and, to help them draw an accurate conclusion, present them with notes about your loved one’s behaviors. Your notes will help them accurately assess the situation and, hopefully, get your loved one the help that they need. But, what notes should you be taking? What signs should you look for? In this post, we’re going to cover five signs that your loved one may suffer from Alzheimer’s and need memory care.

1. Repetition

If your parent or loved one is asking questions repeatedly or retelling the same stories, you’ll want to make note of it and inform the doctor.

2. Financial issues

Difficulty managing finances, such as bills and taxes, can be a sign that your loved one is struggling to maintain order.

3. Faulty judgment

Making bad decisions, especially those that could put others at risk, is a definite red flag. Be sure to note down how your loved one acted and the consequences of that action.

4. Missed appointments

Missed appointments can be an indication that your loved one is in need of memory care. The inability to remember important events, along with examples, should be mentioned to their doctor.

5. Difficulty adapting

If your loved one is struggling to learn new technology, be sure to write down what they are having issues with and, more importantly, how they attempted to solve the problem on their own.

At Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, our memory care, independent living and assisted living services are designed to help seniors continue to live meaningful lives filled with friendship and activities. We believe that senior living isn’t the end of your loved one’s old way of life, but the start of a fresh, exciting new way of life. If you have concerns about your loved one’s memory, contact us today to discuss your options.

Tags: Assisted Living, Dementia