Learn the Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease


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Learn the Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease has no cure. It's hard to watch your parent go through the stages of Alzheimer's. It's also hard for them to know they're declining. The earlier it's caught, the sooner your parent can start medications that slow the progression of symptoms. Be prepared. Learn these eight early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease.

#1 – Memory Loss

It's one thing to forget where you put down your cell phone. If your mom forgets she just called you an hour ago, it's concerning and can be a sign of Alzheimer's.

#2 – Disorientation

Your mom is walking her dog and walks by her house. It's not familiar to her. She can't remember this being her house. Disorientation is a sign of Alzheimer's.

#3 – Difficulty With Time Management

Your dad cannot remember what month it is. He's not sure if it is morning or night. He's having a hard time telling time or simply knowing the time of day. Those are all symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

#4 – Mood Swings

You're talking to your mom and she suddenly gets agitated. You cannot think of any reason for the agitation. This can be a sign of Alzheimer's. It's important to talk to a doctor as it can also be a sign of depression.

#5 – Problems With Daily and Monthly Tasks

Your dad has forgotten to pay the electricity bill three months running. You check and find that he's been paying bills sporadically. Some bills he's paid more than the amount due, while he's completely skipped other bills. That's a sign that he should see a doctor.

#6 – Difficulty With Speech and Writing

Having a hard time finding the right word is a common symptom of Alzheimer's. Every now and then it's not worrisome, but if it happens multiple times a day, you should talk to a doctor. Problems reading or writing are also concerning.

#7 – Vision Changes

A lot of eye conditions can cause changes to the vision. If your parent is having a hard time with contrast and seeing colors that are similar shades, seek expert advice. People with Alzheimer's often have a hard time with contrast and distinguishing colors.

#8 – Decreased Common Sense

You find your mom spent hundreds of dollars on pool supplies. She got rid of her pool years ago. Decreased common sense may also have your mom forgetting she needs to brush her teeth and take a shower. She's also more likely to get taken in by a scammer when this symptom arises.

Alzheimer's will progress even if your mom or dad takes medications to slow the symptoms. At some point, elder care services are necessary. Your parent needs help with cooking meals, cleaning the house, getting dressed, and scheduling appointments. Call an elder care service now and talk about the ways caregivers help Alzheimer's patients at home.

If you or an aging loved one is considering elder care in Chandler, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.

Mike Endredy, Owner
Mike has been involved with home care for the last 11 years as the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley (Phoenix AZ). 
Mike was brought to the home care industry like many folks through a need to care for my father near the end of his life. 
"Although my mother was the primary caregiver there was not a service to use that can offer relief for my mother and from 2,000 miles away I was not able to provide the care personally he needed.  It was however, a few years after my father's passing that I personally decided to change careers, leaving a career in engineering.  I have never looked back.  Making a difference in people's lives changes you more profoundly than anything and I love that experience.  In the eleven years of making a difference my exceptional team of caregivers and staff have made a difference through providing over 2 million hours worth of care.  This journey is just beginning.  Making a difference in somebody's life or a family members life is why I do what I do.  The hurdles, the heartbreak and the pain that comes makes me stronger and more determined to help another. " - Mike Endredy


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