Did you know by the year 2050, more than 16 million Americans will have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? Fortunately, new medical findings are being discovered with each passing month and year.
While there’s currently no cure for the disease, there are ways to slow its progress, making early detection and treatment important. Our team at Qualicare Southwest Indiana wants to share some symptoms to keep an eye on in your loved one.
Recognize Dementia Symptoms
There are many subtle changes that can signal the onset of dementia. For starters, memory changes can, of course, be an early sign of dementia.
And while “senior moments” can happen that are unassociated with dementia, if your loved one is starting to have more and more lapses, as well as begin to forget normal, everyday tasks like how to do laundry, that can be a sign that something more serious is occurring.
Communication issues are another sign of dementia. Is your loved one stumbling over his or her words? Is he or she having trouble explaining something or telling a story? Difficulty in communicating can also be a subtle sign of dementia.
In addition, mood swings or personality changes can also be a sign of dementia. If find that your loved one is more easily frustrated, irritable or angry on a consistent basis, that may be a clue that’s something not right.
If any of these symptoms are beginning to show in your loved one, mention what’s happening to your loved one’s physician. Remember, early detection is key to slowing down disease progression.
Our in-home care providers at Qualicare Southwest Indiana provide a variety of services, including those designed for patients with dementia. Visit our website today to learn more about how we can help.