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Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

We're all a little forgetful sometimes. It's difficult to remember what we did last Wednesday, where we put our car keys or the name of that great cafe that opened up. Forgetfulness happens. But, if you have a senior in your life, you might wonder if their forgetfulness is a sign of something more serious. If you're asking yourself these types of questions, it might be time to learn about the most common warning signs of Alzheimer's disease.  

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer's disease is a brain condition that impacts a person's memory, thinking, behavior and social skills. It's a chronic condition that starts with minor symptoms that gradually worsen over several years. Often, a person with advanced Alzheimer's disease struggles with simple, everyday tasks. Luckily, independent communities can help care for and monitor seniors with Alzheimer's disease.

The Most Common Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

If you suspect your loved one might be developing Alzheimer's disease, you'll want to start preparing for their long-term care. But first, you need to determine if it's really Alzheimer's. Here are some warning signs of Alzheimer's disease to watch out for:

  • Forgetfulness: Your loved one may be so forgetful that it's starting to impact their daily life. Everyone forgets things sometimes, but it might be a concerning sign when a senior starts to forget information they just learned. 
  • Poor memory: They have trouble remembering how to do everyday tasks, such as cooking and driving. 
  • Poor judgment and decision-making skills: They may become susceptible to senior scams or have car accidents while driving. 
  • Language difficulties: They may substitute incorrect words and forget familiar, simple words. 
  • Disorientation: They may become confused about their location, the time and the date. 
  • Losing things: They may often misplace items in strange places, such as keys in the freezer and a wallet in the laundry machine. 
  • Personality changes: Your loved one may become more withdrawn, hostile, anxious or aggressive. 
  • Difficulties with spatial awareness: They may miss a table when putting a glass down, for example. 
  • Forgetting to handle routine activities: They may forget to take medications, attend appointments and pay bills. 
  • Worsening personal hygiene: They may forget to shower and handle personal care routines.

What Should I Do if a Loved One Exhibits Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?

If you suspect your loved one is showing signs of Alzheimer's disease, have them evaluated by a medical professional. The signs you're picking up on could be related to some other health problem, such as a vitamin B12 deficiency or a thyroid issue — both of which can cause memory problems. Only a medical professional can evaluate and get an accurate diagnosis. 

It's best to convince your loved one to attend the medical evaluation willingly; avoid ambushing them. Approach them with kindness, and use "I" statements. Say, "I've noticed these signs …" and "I'm worried about you." Let them understand you're coming from a place of love and concern, and you only want to ensure they're taken care of. 

Memory Care Services at Vinson Hall Retirement Community

Residents of our memory care community at Vinson Hall Retirement Community, The Sylvestery, receive 24/7 care from licensed, trained staff. The community offers daily activities specifically designed for residents with memory loss, helping people with all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's, live in a comfortable, safe and engaging setting. 

Looking Ahead

If you have a confirmed Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis, it's time to start planning. The right senior living community can give your loved one the support they need as they go through these changes. At Vinson Hall Retirement Community, we offer a range of senior living options, from Independent and Assisted Living to Memory Care and Skilled Nursing. Our memory care community is a cheerful and soothing setting with plenty of daily activities to keep the mind and body active. Your loved one will feel cared for while maintaining a social and engaged lifestyle. See for yourself what we can offer — contact us today and arrange a tour of our community. 

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