Tips for Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease in the Early Stages

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that slowly damages the brain cells needed for memory and cognitive thinking.  Individuals who have Alzheimer’s experience memory loss severe enough to prevent the completion of routine tasks and activities of daily living.  Although there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, when detected in the early stages, medications can be prescribed to minimize the symptoms of the disease and help the patient to maintain their independence.  Home Care Assistance, a Scottsdale home care provider, offers concerned adult children a few tips on how to detect Alzheimer’s disease in their elderly parent or loved one.

Difficulty Completing Everyday Tasks
If your loved one is having trouble performing or completing routine tasks, this may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s.  While some forgetfulness is expected with age, a chronic inability to remember things could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s.  Constantly forgetting to put washed clothes in the dryer, only cleaning parts of the home and suddenly stopping, or getting lost driving to familiar places are examples of tasks that can be affected by Alzheimer’s.  If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and requires assistance with activities of daily living, our Scottsdale caregivers provide exceptional care from the comforts of home.

Poor Judgment
When a senior suffers from Alzheimer’s, their lack of judgment can decrease greatly. For example, seniors may forget to turn the stove off or not remember to lock their doors at night.  Having poor judgment can be dangerous, especially for seniors who live independently, and may even leave them severely hurt or injured.

New Issues with Writing and Language
Another common symptom of Alzheimer’s is the inability to find the words to express themselves.  Scottsdale Alzheimer’s care professionals have found that patients with Alzheimer’s struggle with their vocabulary and often find it difficult to join a conversation.  Pay attention to your loved one when they speak and see if they get stuck in the middle of a conversation trying to find the correct words to use.

Changes in Temper and Mood Swings
Alzheimer’s patients can exhibit change sin temper that range from simple changes of mind to severe mood swings.  Alzheimer’s patients, who are typically happy, may also experience feelings of anxiety, depression and confusion as a result of the disease.  Seniors may also get upset for no apparent reason and in some cases, become aggressive or violent.