Alzheimer’s Disease is a form of dementia characterized by a number of telltale symptoms, which usually become severe enough over time to interfere with daily life. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, if it is recognized early there are two treatments that can potentially reduce cognitive and functional decline. Other treatments can temporarily slow the worsening of symptoms and improve quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. To help spread awareness during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June, here are five warning signs to watch for:
1. Forgetting recently learned information. The individual may ask the same questions repeatedly and need to rely on memory aids for assistance.
2. Having difficulty completing daily tasks. People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble with everyday chores, or may not remember how to get to a familiar location. They may struggle to create something as simple as a shopping list.
3. Having trouble following a conversation. Someone with Alzheimer’s may struggle with vocabulary and not know the name of a familiar item. For example, they might call a bed a “sleep spot”. They also may stop during a conversation and not know how to continue.
4. Putting things in strange locations. The individual might put their wallet in the refrigerator, or put the checkbook in a food cabinet, and they won’t be capable of mentally retracing their steps. They might accuse others of stealing what they’re unable to find, especially as the condition gets worse.
5. Experiencing mood and personality changes. Someone with Alzheimer’s can easily become anxious, suspicious, or confused, or even fearful or depressed, especially if they’re in an unfamiliar place or situation.
If you notice any of these warning signs of Alzheimer’s in a loved one, or even in yourself, schedule an appointment with your doctor right away.
Newton Village offers Memory Care services for patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. For more information, please contact:
110 N. 5th Avenue W
Newton, Iowa 50208