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How to Tell If a Senior’s Memory Loss Is Normal or Alzheimer’s-Related

Forgetfulness can be frustrating for seniors, but most of the time it shouldn’t be a cause for concern because it is a normal part of aging. However, if your elderly loved one is experiencing more extreme memory complications, these symptoms may be early signs of Alzheimer’s and should be evaluated by a doctor. The Summit Alzheimer’s care experts at Home Care Assistance examine a few situations that may indicate the development of this serious condition.

Having Difficulty Making Plans or Working with Numbers

Making an occasional math error when balancing a checkbook is a typical problem a senior may face. However, if your loved one starts having a hard time creating and following a plan or keeping his or her monthly bills paid and organized, there may be a deeper concern. Also, if you notice your loved one is continually having difficulty concentrating or taking a long time to do normal things like following a familiar recipe, he or she should be examined.

Forgetting Information 

It’s normal for a senior to occasionally forget an appointment or name and remember it at a later time, but forgetting recently learned details or continually asking for the same information might be a sign of Alzheimer’s. If your loved one frequently needs to rely on memory aids like reminder notes for things he or she used to handle independently, it’s important he or she gets checked out by a doctor because memory loss that disrupts daily life is a common sign of Alzheimer’s. 

Misplacing or Losing Things

Seniors occasionally misplace things and have to retrace their steps to find them, but seniors with Alzheimer’s may put items in unusual places and then have trouble retracing their steps to find the items again. Serious memory loss may even cause your loved one to accuse you or a Summit 24-hour caregiver of stealing. If you notice these types of incidences are happening more often, keep a close watch on your loved one. 

Having Difficulty Completing Tasks

You shouldn’t be concerned if your loved one needs help with recording a television show or setting the microwave, but seniors with Alzheimer’s often find it increasingly challenging to complete daily tasks like driving to familiar places or taking their medication. If you notice your loved one is having difficulty finishing everyday activities at work or home on a regular basis, get him or her checked out by the doctor.

If your loved one needs help managing Alzheimer’s symptoms, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer an activities-based program called the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), which is designed to slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. CTM is available for no extra charge with any of our care plans, and our caregivers are expertly trained to assist seniors with a wide array of important daily tasks, including cooking, medication reminders, and transportation. For more information on CTM and the elder care Summit families trust, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 908.450.9400 today.