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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care Services

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can bring about many challenges. This progressive brain disorder will make it more and more difficult for them to remember even the simplest routine tasks, think clearly, communicate with others, or care for themselves. All of these difficult aspects make caring for someone with this condition a full-time job and one that requires the expertise and professional training to meet their needs.

Our caregivers have exceptional Alzheimer’s care experience and training to properly assess your loved one’s needs. We know how to address behavioral, communication, and social needs, and reduce the risk of falls and wandering tendencies. In Home Personal Services Alzheimer’s Care can allow a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia to stay in his or her own home. Though there may not be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease just yet, our Alzheimer’s care services provide essential care, comfort, and happiness.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

  1. Memory loss.

Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most common early signs of dementia. A person begins to forget more often and is unable to recall the information later.

What’s normal? Forgetting names or appointments occasionally.

  1. Difficulty performing familiar tasks.

People with dementia often find it hard to plan or complete everyday tasks. Individuals may lose track of the steps to prepare a meal, place a telephone call or play a game.

What’s normal? Occasionally forgetting why you came into a room or what you planned to say.

  1. Problems with language.

People with Alzheimer’s disease often forget simple words or substitute unusual words, making their speech or writing hard to understand. They may be unable to find their toothbrush, for example, and instead, ask for “that thing for my mouth.”

What’s normal? Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.

  1. Disorientation to time and place.

People with Alzheimer’s disease can become lost in their own neighborhoods, forget where they are and how they got there, and not know how to get back home.

What’s normal? Forgetting the day of the week or where you were going.

  1. Poor or decreased judgment.

Those with Alzheimer’s may dress inappropriately, wearing several layers on a warm day or little clothing in the cold. They may show poor judgment about money, like giving away large sums to telemarketers.

What’s normal? Making a questionable or debatable decision from time to time.

  1. Problems with abstract thinking.

Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may have unusual difficulty performing complex mental tasks, like forgetting what numbers are and how they should be used.

What’s normal? Finding it challenging to balance a checkbook.

  1. Misplacing things.

A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places: an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.

What’s normal? Misplacing keys or a wallet temporarily.

  1. Changes in mood or behavior.

Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may show rapid mood swings – from calm to tears to anger – for no apparent reason.

What’s normal? Occasionally feeling sad or moody.

  1. Changes in personality.

The personalities of people with dementia can change dramatically. They may become extremely confused, suspicious, fearful or dependent on a family member.

What’s normal? People’s personalities do change somewhat with age.

  1. Loss of initiative.

A person with Alzheimer’s disease may become very passive, sitting in front of the TV for hours, sleeping more than usual or not wanting to do usual activities.

What’s normal? Sometimes feeling weary of work or social obligations.

Why Choose Our In-Home Alzheimer’s Care?

Decline in Memory
Our caregivers work with customers to create memory boxes and scrapbooks, featuring photographs and other sentimental tokens to help stimulate memories. You and your loved one can also rest assured that they’re always around to reassure, prompt and assist – for example, reminding them to watch their favorite daytime program, starting the washing machine, or taking their medication. Nutrition and hydration are of particular importance, proactive care and support can safeguard against infections and dehydration, two of the leading causes of hospital admittance.

Confusion with Time & Place
People affected by Alzheimer’s often find themselves unsure about time, place, where they should be, or what they need to do. We can provide help with calendar management, assist them to get to where they need to go and reassure any fears they might be feeling.

Help Around the House
Our caregivers are on hand to provide help around the home. They can help people with basic tasks they might struggle with – from making a sandwich to cleaning the house to filling out prescriptions. However, they never look to exclude the people they care for from getting involved in these tasks.

Social Interaction
Our caregivers are warm, friendly, understanding, genuinely care, and full of enthusiasm. We want to make a positive difference in the lives of our customers. We provide support with social activities when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s through gentle encouragement.

Changes in Behavior
With time, Alzheimer’s impacts the functions carried out by the brain resulting in changes in behavior. Our one-to-one Alzheimer’s support enables both caregiver and customer to develop a strong trusting relationship, meaning there’s never any display of shock or anger at sudden changes in behavior. Our trained and experienced caregivers will provide the level of assistance required.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.