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How to Tell if Your Parent Has Alzheimer's

September 26, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease is a serious matter that you absolutely need to look into for the sake of your elderly parent.

As of 2016, Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, affected millions of senior citizens. And out of the top ten causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease is the only one that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. You can only make sure that your parent is properly cared if he or she succumbs to Alzheimer’s disease. But how can you even tell if he or she has the disease to begin with? Before you take your loved one to a doctor, here are some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s you need to be aware of:

 

1)   Memory loss – This is the most common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Severe memory loss in which gaps of pertinent information is lost, like names, dates, and short-term memory, is a telltale sign that your loved one may have Alzheimer’s.

2)   Trouble with daily/regular tasks – Did your mom forget her pancake recipe that she knew for decades and passed on to you and your grandchildren? Regular, mundane tasks, like putting soap on a sponge to wash dishes or turning on a sink faucet, may be hard for someone with Alzheimer’s to perform.

3)   Not knowing the time or place – Those afflicted with Alzheimer’s think they’re in another place or time. If you hear your father rambling that he’s in his childhood home with his friends when he’s in your guest room, he might have Alzheimer’s.

4)   Misplacing things – Being forgetful is natural with old age. But someone with Alzheimer’s may put their belongings in odd places (e.g. leave a toothbrush by the kitchen sink) and completely forget where they put their things.

5)   Social withdrawal – The effects of Alzheimer’s can leave severe emotional and physical impact on those who suffer from it. So much so that it alters their mood and entire personality. As a result, someone who has Alzheimer’s will become withdrawn, opting to stay isolated as opposed to socializing with family and friends.

 

These are but a few warning signs that your parent has Alzheimer’s. Many of our facilities have special memory care units for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Learn more about these facilities at centershealthcare.com/locations

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