Every year Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of elderly adults across the globe. This degenerative disease is one of the leading causes of death among elderly individuals and is a devastating diagnosis for families to cope with. However, if symptoms of Alzheimer’s are recognized in the early stages and the patient seeks professional care, cognitive functioning, memory and quality of life may be preserved for a longer period of time.
At New Hampshire Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are highly trained to recognize the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly adults such as:
Memory loss: While it is perfectly normal to forget small day to day things, recurring and unexplainable memory loss on a regular basis can be a sign of something serious. Forgetting the names of people or objects is a common sign of memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients.
Decline in problem-solving abilities: If planning daily events or solving simple problems becomes increasingly difficult for an elderly individual, then their cognitive abilities are most likely diminishing due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Changes in mood: While mood changes may not be easily noticed in a person, it can make a big difference in determining whether or not one is developing Alzheimer’s disease. Quick mood swings into at state of depression, aggression and anger are common in patients.
Holding onto a conversation: Keeping up with a conversation requires a complex cognitive procedure that we may take for granted. In an Alzheimer’s patient, the cognitive process that helps one keep up with a conversation diminishes. They may ask the same question several times or are unable to respond to questions properly.
If your elderly loved one is experiencing symptoms such as the ones listed above, seek the help of a physician who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease. As the disease progresses, so will the dependency of your loved one. At New Hampshire Home Care Assistance, we provide specialty Alzheimer’s care for assistance with activities of daily living and personal care, allowing seniors with Alzheimer’s to remain in the comfort of home. Our expertly trained and compassionate caregivers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist our clients. Call 603-471-3004 today and speak with a Care Manager about how your loved one could benefit from in-home Alzheimer’s care.s