Alzheimer’s Awareness: Recognizing Signs & Symptoms

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Many people have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, but many aren’t aware that treatment is most effective when started early in the disease process. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but early therapies can slow the progression and improve the quality of life for those afflicted. If you think a loved one may have Alzheimer’s, learn more about the common symptoms and how you can improve their quality of life.  

In honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness month, USA Healthcare wants to raise awareness and support more than 6.2 million people in America living with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and what you can do to help those with Alzheimer’s. 

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually affects cognitive skills. People with Alzheimer’s may also experience behavioral and personality changes. 

Alzheimer’s disease is the most frequent cause of dementia, the continuous decline of reasoning, thinking, behavioral, and social skills that disrupt a person’s daily life and activities. However, other diseases and conditions can cause dementia. By recognizing these signs and symptoms, you can contact a doctor about an evaluation for your loved one to determine if they’re suffering from Alzheimer’s or another condition. 

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

Each person experiences Alzheimer’s differently, but usually, the first sign of the disease is the inability to remember something they learned recently. As the disease progresses, other processes are affected and vary from person to person. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Trouble finding the right words 
  • Poor of vision
  • Lack of spacial awareness
  • Impaired judgment or reasoning, especially when making decisions
  • Taking longer than usual to complete daily tasks
  • Repeating questions
  • Wandering or suddenly getting lost
  • Frequently losing items
  • Misplacing items in odd spots
  • Mood and/or personality changes
  • Increased anxiety
  • Increased aggression
  • Mood swings

Even though Alzheimer’s inhibits memory and reason, many skills can remain intact as other symptoms worsen. Some of these preserved skills may include reading or listening to books, storytelling, singing, listening to music, dancing, and drawing. These skills are often lost as the disease affects other areas of the brain in the later stages. 

What Can You Do to Help a Loved One? 

If you are caring for someone with the disease or suspect someone you love may be affected, managing their daily tasks can improve their quality of life. We recommend reducing frustrations and creating a safe environment for your loved one to ease their challenges and injuries if you can. And, while there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, some medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may help manage symptoms. 

We understand that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s requires patience and flexibility, which is why it’s so important to find resources and support when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. 

Caring for Family Members & Loved Ones

If you are concerned about memory loss or critical thinking skills in yourself or a loved one, set up an appointment with your doctor for a thorough assessment. Other conditions can result in memory loss, and additional tests like brain scans and lab tests may be necessary for an accurate diagnosis. If you are in long-term need of support and advice for your loved one, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss memory care options at USA Healthcare. 

Find Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support at USA Healthcare

Join the USA Healthcare family to experience quality care, therapy options, and consistent support. With many USA Healthcare facilities throughout Alabama to choose from, senior adults can maintain independence and improve their quality of life. Contact us to schedule an appointment today to learn more about assisted living and nursing care!