In the United States, one in ten people who are age 65 and older currently has Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia. Changes in the brain because of cognitive diseases can begin several years before any symptoms start to appear, but getting a diagnosis early is important. Make yourself knowledgeable about some of the more common signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia so that you can help yourself or a loved one see a doctor as soon as possible.
There are ten major warning signs that you should always pay attention to, because they may be signs of undiagnosed Alzheimer’s or dementia. These signs are:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Changes in mood or personality
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- Difficulty planning or solving problems
- Inability to complete familiar tasks
- Problems with words in speaking or writing that didn’t exist before
- Inability to retrace steps
- Withdrawal from work or activities once loved
If you or a loved one has one or more of these symptoms, consult your doctor and start to consider all of your options. It could be time to look into specialized help, like memory care. Memory care provides round-the-clock long-term skilled nursing that is specially geared toward patients who have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive issues. Memory care living units are usually located on a special, closed off wing of an assisted living community. Places that offer memory care are strictly regulated in a different way from assisted living communities.