Early Indicators of Alzheimer’s – Retire-At-Home Calgary

Early Indicators of Alzheimer’s - CalgaryA great many changes come along with growing older, and seniors will often start to experience shifts in in various aspects of their lives.

One of the main challenges that we face as loved-ones or caregivers of seniors has to do with trying to differentiate between the changes that are typical and expected aspects of the general ageing process, and which ones are deserving of a little more worry, concern, or attention. The fact that information and research related to Alzheimer’s disease is more widespread and accessible than ever before means that better opportunities exist to detect and identify symptoms that may be related to Alzheimer’s. This also allows for more opportunities for seniors in Calgary, along with their caregivers, to be proactive about tackling those concerns by consulting with healthcare professionals as early as possible.

Early Indicators of Alzheimer’s

Maintaining an awareness of changes that occur in the way seniors behave can help in the process of detecting and acknowledging possible concerns, and seeking out support for early identification and diagnosis:

  • Visual-Spatial Challenges: More trouble reading, judging spaces and distances, and seeing or identifying colours.
  • Trouble with Planning and Problem-Solving: Challenges with problem-solving, planning, or dealing with challenges that require critical thinking, as well as differences in ability to concentrate.
  • Social Withdrawal: Decrease in time spent with others, withdrawing socially and isolating oneself.
  • Poor or Weakened Sense of Judgement: Poor judgement, trouble with decision-making, and difficulty prioritizing.
  • Mood and Personality Changes: Increased frequency of negative emotions and moods such as stress, anxiety, confusion, sadness, anger, and frustration.
  • Memory Loss that Interferes with Daily Life: Inability to retain information, consistently asking for the same information to be repeated, or becoming dependent on other people or memory aids for things that were once easy to manage alone.
  • Difficulty Managing and Completing Normal Tasks: Greater trouble managing typical aspects of daily life at home, work, or during activities.
  • Decreased Involvement with Activities: Decreased engagement in hobbies, groups, projects, and events.
  • Conversational Challenges: Difficulty in the context of conversations, such as forgetting thoughts mid-sentence, repetition of the same phrases, or inability to recall the proper word for something.
  • Constantly Misplacing Things and Inability to Retrace Steps: Putting things in nonsensical or unusual places, misplacing things frequently and being unable to backtrack to remember where they might be.
  • Confusion Regarding Place or Time: Routinely losing track of dates and being unaware of the passing of time. Confusion related to arriving at, or being in, a location.

If a senior you care about starts to show patterns of behaviour that are akin to those listed above, and you start to feel worried about their health and wellbeing, make arrangements for an appointment with a doctor in Calgary. Acting as early as you can and addressing issues that are causing concern can create a better opportunity for early detection and diagnosis, or can allow for the ruling out of Alzheimer’s as the cause of these worries so that further tests and possibilities can be explored.

Contact us today for a Free Home Care Assessment by a Nurse to discuss how our services in Calgary can help provide support and assistance to you or someone you love.

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