Alzheimer symptoms consist of a gradual loss of mental, social and functional abilities.
The disease usually begins with small changes in a senior's behaviour and memory.
It eventually includes decreased judgement and reasoning, difficulty performing daily tasks, changes in mood and losses in language abilities.
It goes beyond normal forgetfulness such as losing your keys or forgetting where you are parked.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or you believe they have early signs of it, it's important to learn as much as you can so be prepared.
There are lots of great tips and strategies for caring for elderly with Alzheimer's disease on other pages of our site.
1) Difficulty Performing Familiar Tasks
2) Memory Loss Affecting Day-to-day Functioning
3) Personality Changes
4) Mood or Behaviour Changes
5) Language Difficulties
6) Poor or Decreased Judgement
7) Misplacing Items
8) Problems with Abstract Thinking
9) Disorientation of Place and Time
10) Loss of Initiative
Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease is important for a variety of reasons. When Alzheimer symptoms in elderly are in the mild stage, it may be quite relieving for your elderly parent to know there is a reason for these changes.
It will also provide them time to have input about the decisions involved in their treatment.
The family will also have a better understanding of the reasons for the changes in their loved one and can begin to plan for the future (finances, treatment options, housing, etc.) and set up support systems.
Memory enhancer medications are available that may help to slow the progression of the disease and are usually most effective if started in the stage of mild impairment. This should be discussed with the physician involved.