One of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease, and likely the most recognizable, is memory loss. In fact, when most people think of Alzheimer’s disease, the first thing they think about is a senior who struggles with memory, and eventually does not remember anything or anyone. While memory loss is a central feature of Alzheimer’s disease, this progressive cognitive disease is not the only cause of memory loss, and not all memory loss is related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Being able to tell the difference and what could be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease is an important step in being proactive about your parent’s health and well-being.
The primary consideration to keep in mind when considering whether you were seniors memory loss may be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease is how prevalent it is, and how much it impacts your seniors quality of life. If their memory loss is intermittent, and does not pose a dramatic impact on their quality of life, or compromise their normal functioning, it may just be a factor of getting older.
For example, it is very common for older adults to take longer to remember a person they haven’t seen in awhile, or who they have just met. They may have to think for a little longer to come up with a person’s name, or may even call them by the wrong name, or they may forget they have an event or appointment, but remember in a fairly short time.
Memory loss that is more prevalent and impactful, and that compromises your parent’s functioning is something to note. A senior who is unable to remember people who are very familiar to them, or who introduce themselves to the same person several times might be cause for concern. Similarly, not being able to remember information given to them multiple times, or forgetting important dates such as holidays or special events, could be an early indication of Alzheimer’s disease.
Simply because your aging parent is experiencing memory loss does not mean they cannot enjoy a fulfilling and independent lifestyle. Even those who are experiencing memory loss as a beginning at stage of Alzheimer’s disease can continue to enjoy the lifestyle they desire, and engage in the world around them in meaningful ways.
Starting homecare services for your parents can be an effective way of helping them achieve this goal. As a family caregiver, you want your parent to be able to maintain their health and safety, but you don’t want to compromise their quality of life. The custom services of a homecare services provider mean your parent can continue to enjoy their independence, take control of their health, and find meaning in this new chapter of their life. A homecare provider can help your parent to modify their routine, create habits and other coping mechanisms, and modify tasks to deal with memory loss as they age.