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5 Signs That Indicate An Individual Might Have Alzheimer’s

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Facing the fact that a loved one may have the signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may be difficult to accept. And unfortunately, sometimes the most obvious warning signs are often ignored. This doesn’t happen deliberately, but it happens because most think that a loved one is just being forgetful or careless.

The earlier you can recognize the signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the faster you will be able to get your loved one the care and treatment he or she needs.

To help you decide whether or not it’s time to take your loved one to see a doctor, we at By Your Side Home Care would like to offer four signs that might indicate your loved one could have Alzheimer’s.

Warning Sign – The Memory Loss Is So Bad That It Disrupts Their Daily Routine.

Often, the first sign of Alzheimer’s is acute memory loss. In other words, if you tell your loved one something and they forget it shortly after, this is a warning sign. What if it happens once and never again? Having this happen once is not necessarily a red flag, but if it occurs several times over the course of a couple of weeks, this is a stark warning sign of Alzheimer’s. Also, finding that your loved one is requesting the same information over and over again could be a sign that they are experiencing the first stages of the disease.

Warning Sign – The Individual Cannot Complete Tasks They Once Performed With Ease.

If you discover that your loved one is having difficulty completing a daily task such as bathing, getting dressed, or is having difficulty travelling to a familiar destination,this is not a sign of laziness. If they are having difficulty completing any easy tasks, this is usually a symptom of the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

Warning Sign – Your Loved One Suddenly Feels “Lost.”

In general, those with Alzheimer’s have a habit of forgetting where they are or how they got there. Also, if you find that your loved one is constantly losing track of time or can’t remember certain special occasions or dates, these are signs of Alzheimer’s.

Warning Sign – They Are At A Loss Of Words.

Have you ever had a loved one stop talking in the middle of a conversation and then completely forget what he or she was talking about? Well, instead of accusing them of not paying attention, take a breath. If you accuse them of being forgetful, they may become angry. Two warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are forgetfulness and irritability due to their memory loss.

Warning Sign – Your Loved One’s Mood Changes Constantly.

If your loved one suddenly becomes irritated, fearful, confused or depressed on a daily basis, this is an indication that he or she may be suffering from Alzheimer’s. Additionally, if your loved one becomes irritated around family or friends, this strong sign that it is time to take them to see a professional.

Recognizing the signs of Alzheimer’s can be difficult. Most people tend to pass them off as human error. However, if you notice the signs we mentioned above more than once, it is time to pick up the phone and make an appointment with a doctor.

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