Identifying the Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

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Although Alzheimer’s disease is an incurable illness, it can be helpful to diagnose it in its early stages. This allows the individual to consider treatment options that may help manage symptoms. It also provides the individual and his or her family members some time to consider long-term Alzheimer’s care options. As the disease progresses, it is likely that the individual will need to move to an assisted living center, where he or she can receive continuous care and monitoring.

Short-Term Memory Loss
When a loved one begins displaying signs of short-term memory loss, it does not necessarily mean that he or she has Alzheimer’s. It is normal to occasionally misplace items or forget about appointments. However, memory loss that interferes with daily activities can be indicative of Alzheimer’s and should be evaluated by a physician. For example, a loved one may ask others to repeat the same information multiple times and he or she may frequently forget important dates.

Visual Impairment
Visual impairments are not uncommon among older adults. They are frequently caused by cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. However, it is important to be aware that one of the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease involves difficulty with spatial relationships and visual images. For example, a loved one may have trouble with judging the distance of objects or identifying colors.

Language Difficulty
Older adults may sometimes struggle to find the right word. When this happens on an occasional basis, it is not necessarily cause for concern. However, an individual with Alzheimer’s may forget the right word frequently or call items by the wrong names. A loved one might repeat information, get “stuck” in the middle of a conversation, or have trouble following conversations.

If your loved one requires Alzheimer’s care, you can trust the compassionate caregivers of Avalon Memory Care to provide all the services he or she needs within a warm, welcoming setting. In addition to ensuring that all of your loved one’s daily needs are met, we offer mental health care for Alzheimer’s in Fort Worth. To inquire about Alzheimer’s support, call us at (214) 752-7050.

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