Forgetfulness is part of being human–especially when we have a lot on our mind. It’s easy to forget to check off one task among many in our to-do list each week, or even forget the name of a co-worker from time to time–but what about when it becomes commonplace? Is it part of the aging process or could it be signs of something more serious like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? The following 5 symptoms could indicate that it is time to begin looking for specialized care for your loved one.
Repeating the same story over and over. This is a classic symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Mom may tend to repeat the same word, question, or activity multiple times as her ability to make sense of the things going on around her declines.
Challenges with solving problems or planning. In the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a person might start to have trouble problem solving, such as becoming agitated or even angry when they try to understand the expectations placed on them or comprehend what others are saying.
Difficulty with familiar tasks. Are normal, everyday tasks difficult to complete? Forgetting to turn off the water faucet, how to turn off the stove, or how to change clothes are some of the most common symptoms of memory disorders. In later stages, people with dementia can gradually lose their ability to learn new tasks or skills.
Confusion with time and place. Dementia can cause confusion and disorientation, putting their safety (and the safety of others) at risk. If Dad decides to take a drive to the store, he might end up aimlessly driving for hours and forget why he left home in the first place. This behavior increases the risk for life-threatening accidents as the ability to reason and make sound judgements declines significantly.
“Sundowning” or increased agitation throughout the day. Mom has always had a bright disposition, but lately she’s been getting confused and anxious as the day progresses. This increased restlessness, agitation, and confusion that worsens throughout the day can be a sign of dementia.
As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, things like withdrawing socially, poor hygiene, and medications and food hidden throughout the house are bigger concerns that should be addressed with a trusted medical partner. These and other symptoms are indicators that it’s time to explore memory care options for your loved one. At The Lodge at Stephens Lake, we can help walk you through the appropriate level of care. Call today and let us help you get the care your loved one deserves.