September 05, 2017 in: Best Ways to Recognize When a Family Member has Alzheimer’s | Memory Care Programs | The Palazzo,
Did you know that patients with the Alzheimer’s disease make up for around 60 to 80% of the total dementia cases in the country?
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia. It is a progressive disease that results in memory loss and affects the cognitive health of the patient. Although this disease may begin silently, with its progression, patients begin showing visible signs that can help you recognize that they possibly have Alzheimer’s.
So, how do you find out if a family member has Alzheimer’s? It may be a heartbreaking realization, but always keep a look out for the following signs:
It’s quite normal for everyone to forget part of a conversation you had a day before or the fact that you scheduled a dentist appointment for today, last week. However, with Alzheimer’s patients, the situation is much worse. They might not be able to remember something they did or said just moments ago. Memory loss is a big indicator of possible Alzheimer’s.
Unexplained Mood Swings & Agitation
If you see your family members getting agitated, anxious, or restless for no apparent reason, you need to dig deeper for possible signs of Alzheimer’s. These patients may get upset around certain people or in certain places, may pace around the place restlessly or even become fixated on certain things. They get easily overwhelmed and confused – hence the agitation.
This is yet another sign that a family member may be suffering from dementia. They start routinely engaging themselves in seemingly mundane tasks like opening and closing a door again and again or folding and unfolding clothes over and over. They may even repeat their questions and demands a little too many times.
Does the person have serious trouble handling money – like they never did before? Something like having problems paying bills, not understanding the calculations or even numbers, difficulty in keeping up with a budget and monthly bills – all these points towards dementia.
Trouble with Routine Tasks
These people will find it difficult to complete even the simplest and easiest of everyday tasks. They will have trouble in making a grocery list, following a plan or recipe – things that they have done a hundred times before. They have trouble concentrating and the loss of memory makes them do the same task over and over – hence taking longer to get the job done.
The Time & Place Confusion
You need to realize that Alzheimer patients develop serious memory issues. It makes them forgetful and leads to confusion. They lose track of time and place. They get lost easily; don’t remember where they are or who they are with. They don’t even remember what time of the day, week, month, or year it is. You need to pick up on this hint!
Although Alzheimer’s, similar to other forms of dementia, is a progressive disease that mentally, emotionally, and to some extent, physically impairs a person, it can be tamed. Memory care programs, like the ones we have at The Palazzo help train the patients’ brain into retrieving some of its functional capacity to some extent. Learn more about the program, here.