At PeachTree Place Assisted Living Community in the West Haven and Ogden area, we understand the important in recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. While this condition primarily affects those over 65 years of age, it can also strike those much younger. The earlier you or your loved one begins therapy, the more effective these treatments and exercises may be.
The Warning Signs
If you notice any of the following warning signs of Alzheimer’s, make an appointment with your doctor today:
- Memory loss.
- Trouble with making plans or solving problems.
- Difficulty with familiar tasks.
- Confused about time or place.
- Vision Problems.
- Speaking and Writing problems.
- Losing things.
- Poor Judgment.
- Change in mood or personality.
Alzheimer’s and Forgetfulness
While occasional forgetfulness, such as misplacing your keys or forgetting a name, are not cause for concern, persistent and deteriorating memory loss that prevents you from functioning in your everyday environment is significant. This may include repeating things over and over, forgetting the names of family members and familiar objects, and being unable to recall events, conversations or appointments.
Seniors Feeling Confused
Since memory, thinking and concentration are affected by Alzheimer’s, planning an activity (such as a trip to the market) can become increasingly confusing. Problem solving (such as balancing a checkbook) also becomes progressively difficult. Activities like cooking a meal, dressing or bathing that call for sequential steps to carry out and may be causing you agonizing effort to perform.
Losing the perception of what day or year it is, as well as being unaware of where you are and the present circumstances of your life can be unsettling. A decline in depth perception, color perception, and contrast sensitivity can be signs of Alzheimer’s. An inability to perceive your surroundings may cause you to become lost even in places with which you are familiar. Difficulty in finding the right words to express your thoughts or identify objects may cause you to be unable to participate in a conversation. Loss of memory may lead to losing possessions by misplacing them, sometimes in irrational locations (such as a hairbrush in the refrigerator).
Alzheimer’s and Isolation
Everyday situations, such as unexpected driving situations, can pose a challenge and lead to safety concerns. Alzheimer’s can cause a significant change in personality, including depression, tearfulness, agitation, irritability, combativeness, lethargy, and feelings of hopelessness that were seldom present before. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s may withdraw from social interaction, possibly because of the decline in the ability to maintain usual social contacts and activities.
We’re Here To Help
If you or a loved one are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, contact PeachTree Place Assisted Living Community today. We provide a secure, stimulating, supportive and loving environment for our residents. Let us answer your questions and help you decide whether our Ogden and West Haven area assisted living residences are right for you.