Alzheimer’s disease is the word that almost everyone thinks of but hopes to never have a personal encounter. People of various ages suffer from this disease, yet it is still relatively difficult to understand what causes it, how to identify it, or how to cope with it. Furthermore, there are many signs associated with the disease that has nothing to do with the loss of memory.
A sudden, unexplained loss of memory or inability to remember simple things is how most people will describe the disease. Loved ones and friends will sometimes exhibit other signs that go unnoticed because they are not commonly associated with the disease. It is important to identify the onset of Alzheimer’s as soon as possible. Early detection provides a better opportunity for effective Alzheimer’s care.
Alzheimer’s Care for Loved Ones
It is essential to see loved ones thrive and enjoy a healthy fulfilling life. The onset of this debilitating disease can be extremely overwhelming but what happens when the signs are there and you don’t recognize them? Failure to know the signs associated with the degenerative disease can prolong treatment and cause the loved ones’ quality of life to demise much faster.
Memory loss is not the only sign that indicates a possible Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Here are a few early signs that will help you to determine if a friend or loved one needs Alzheimer’s care:
- Lack of Attention to Personal Hygiene – during the early onset of the disease, some patients stop tending to their personal care. They may go days without showering, brushing their teeth or grooming their hair. In some instances, they won’t change clothes for several days. This is not because the patient forgot to do so, but because they are beginning to experience the onset of the disease.
- Social Withdrawal – those experiencing Alzheimer’s may become socially withdrawn or experience apathy. Things they once enjoyed will be avoided and they isolate themselves from others also. This is a process of restricting their surroundings to something they are more comfortable with and feel safe.
- Excessive Anxiety- anxiety could be a sign of several phases or occurrences in life but those coping with Alzheimer’s will become anxious more often than usual. They will also experience bouts of unexplained depression. They will not want to discuss their feelings with you or give any idea of what’s causing them to be depressed or anxious. Most will display their anxiety verbally by asking questions about what is going on around them. The questions may seem redundant but it’s the only way they can find a calmness to the changes in their life.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that can be overwhelming for the family and the loved one experiencing the disease. Seek professional counsel to help alleviate the stress associated with it and to help the patient deal with this major change in their life as they receive Alzheimer’s care. If you would like to talk to one of our professionals about how you and your loved one can benefit from this type of care, feel free to contact us anytime, or call us at (520) 428-1477.