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29th May

2016

Four Common Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

If you have recently noticed a change in behavior in an aging friend or relative, paying attention to these changes could be the key to getting an early diagnosis for Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Here are four symptoms to be on the lookout for:

Memory Loss – While having a bit of forgetfulness here and there may not seem like a big deal at first, memory loss is one of the most pervasive symptoms of the onset of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. While each person is different, memory loss could significantly impact the individual’s ability to enjoy hobbies or work, due to their inability to concentrate. In more advanced cases, it is common for them to forget the names of people, pets, and places they once held dear.

Confusion – Both confusion and disorientation are common symptoms of the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. If you notice that the person you’re concerned about is struggling with tasks or seems like they don’t recognize their surroundings, these things should be taken seriously, and a consultation with a physician should be scheduled as soon as possible. Confusion can be problematic – and potentially dangerous – if the person is still getting behind the wheel of a car and driving without supervision. Not only could they forget where they are at or where they’re going, but they might also forget the rules of the road and cause an accident that hurts themselves or others who are innocent.

Trouble Finding Words – Speech and vocabulary are two other areas that are negatively affected by the onset of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. If you notice the person you are concerned about is struggling to find words during their conversation, or they start repeating the same conversation or question over and over, this is another sign that their mental capacity could be declining.

Sudden Personality Changes – Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease both affect the personality of the individual who is struggling with the ailments. It is not uncommon for them to have quick mood or personality changes without any explainable reason, this could be an indicator that something more worrisome is taking place in their physiology.

The earlier that symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s are recognized, the faster a plan of care gets implemented to address their changing mental health condition.

If you are in Hawaii and need help with the care of a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or another type of progressive disease, we are here to aid you in this uncertain time in life. Contact us today!

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