If you or a loved one are aging in place and in many cases living on your own, it may be difficult to spot the signs of cognitive decline. In fact, when you start to forget everyday things you might just assume that that’s just the sign of getting older. However, memory loss is one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, but it is not the only sign.
Changes in behavior are critical to notice as a loved one gets older. These changes in behavior could be something very simple like changing from drinking coffee to tea. While that, in and of itself, is not a shocking change of behavior the reason behind the change may be. If a loved one stopped drinking coffee because they can’t follow the steps and so they assume that the coffee maker is broken, this could be a sign of a change in behavior that could indicate something more serious then memory loss is going on.
There are other songs of Alzheimer’s Disease as well that you should be on the lookout for as you interact with your loved ones and they include:
- Poor judgement which leads to bad decisions
- Difficulty handling bills and money
- Wandering around and getting lost
- Repeating questions over and over
- Losing things
One of the challenges of spotting early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease is that many of them can be dismissed as just the normal aging process, but truth be told, these are genuine signs that something more may be going on.
If you or a loved one is experiencing these signs, you should be seen immediately by a medical professional. When aging in place, we can help manage the symptoms and impact of Alzheimer’s Disease in your home.