|Normal Aging||Signs of Alzheimer’s / Dementia|
|Losing things from time to time||Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them, and sometimes accusing others of taking the items|
|Sometimes forgetting what word to use||Difficulty having a conversation|
|Forgetting what day it in and remembering later||Losing track of the date or season|
|Missing a monthly payment||Inability to manage checkbook|
|Making a bad decision once in a while||Poor judgment and decision making|
Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. It is true that after age 75 people are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but it is not an absolute. If you have concerns about a parent or spouse’s memory or behaviors, consider the above symptoms. In addition to the above warning signs, the Alzheimer’s Association identifies several other symptoms to be aware of with your aging loved one.
This information comes from the Alzheimer’s Association, You can find this and other information about Alzheimer’s disease at www.alz.org
If you are concerned about a parent or spouse’s changing behavior or mood, the first step is to contact their primary physician. There are some illnesses that have similar symptoms as early stage Alzheimer’s, but are reversible or can be treated with medications. If the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is made, the next step is to begin looking long term at your loved ones living situation, financial situation and physical health. For more information on resources for early-stage Alzheimer’s or assistance to develop the long term plan, contact one of our Care Managers for a consultation.
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