If you or a loved one has experienced moments of forgetfulness, you’re not alone. It’s normal to occasionally be at a loss for words mid-sentence or misplace something, particularly for the elderly. However, if memory problems start to become more severe, you may be experiencing early signs of Alzheimer’s. Some of the signs to watch out for include the following:
• Disruptive memory loss: Forgetting things on occasion is normal, especially as we age. But if it starts going beyond occasionally misplacing keys or spacing on someone’s name, it may be a sign of memory loss. One may ask the same question over and over, forget important information, or be unable to retrace their steps to find a misplaced item.
• Difficulty with familiar tasks: Hobbies, daily tasks, and driving to familiar locations are all ingrained in procedural memory. When someone starts to lose their ability to perform familiar tasks, it’s often a sign that Alzheimer’s is developing.
• Social withdrawal: The diminished ability to function as normal may lead to withdrawal from social circles, work, or hobbies.
• Confusion: One may lose track of the time, day, or even time of year, leading to confusion and frustration. Confusion over current location can also be an issue.
• Difficulty interpreting images: Images and visual stimuli can become difficult to handle. This may manifest itself as lost ability to judge distance or tell one color from another.
• Language issues: Words and conversation become difficult. One may not be able to find the right word to use or call something (or someone) by the wrong name. Constant repetition of a sentence or stopping abruptly mid discussion can also be signs of Alzheimer’s.
• Poor judgment: This could include making bad decisions, giving things away that one would normally hold on to, or lapses in hygiene. One might dress inappropriately for the weather or make monetary mistakes.
• Personality changes: This is far more than mere irritation over a disrupted routine. This involves instances of anxiety, depression, confusion, or suspicion that occur more frequently than normal. These mood changes are often set off by being outside of one’s comfort zone.
If you or a loved one is showing early signs of memory loss or Alzheimer’s, you need to start making plans if you haven’t already. Symptoms will usually get worse over time, so you need to figure out what should be done as the disease progresses. Looking into skilled nursing facilities now can reduce the stress later on when a such decision may become more pressing. Senior Care Centers can help you make those decisions now before it becomes a stressful issue.