Alzheimer's affects over 5 million people in the U.S. The disease progressively destroys a person's memory as well as their ability to think. And although there's no cure, treatment can slow down the process and help sufferers maintain their independence longer. Here are some warning signs of Alzheimer's to look for.
Loss of memory - This is the symptom that most people think of when they consider Alzheimer's disease. Some forgetfulness is to be expected as we age and isn't necessarily a cause for alarm. However, if memory lapses are disrupting daily life or affecting relationships with others, it shouldn't be ignored.
Poor judgment - From toddlers to older ones, we all make bad choices every once in a while. However, a person with Alzheimer's might have a dramatic change in the way they make decisions. For example, they might start giving away money or buying things they don't need, especially over the phone, when it was previously out of character for them.
Changes in mood or personality - Since Alzheimer's affects the brain tissue itself, it can cause significant changes in the way we think and act. Don't ignore it if your elderly parent or other senior loved one suddenly becomes irritable, apathetic, depressed, or if they withdraw socially.
You can read more about Alzheimer's disease from the National Institute on Aging. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these or other symptoms, don't delay in contacting a doctor. At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!