As some people realize, Alzheimer’s disease has many signs and symptoms. One of the most significant signs and symptoms happens to be memory loss, but it’s not the only one.
Some people will struggle with memory that has nothing to do with Alzheimer’s.
As people get older they may have any number of conditions, including health issues, prescription medication side effects, and simply the natural process of aging that could impact their memory. If an elderly person in their late 70s or 80s suddenly begins having difficulty keeping track of appointments, that is not necessarily a sign they are developing Alzheimer’s.
This can cause a great deal of anxiety.
When somebody begins noticing a loved one is having difficulty with their memory retention, one of the first thoughts they have is Alzheimer’s. This kind of the disease, just the word alone, can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. No one wants to even envision being diagnosed with this disease for themselves or even an aging parent, spouse, or other loved one.
What should somebody do if memory problems are developing?
If a person is beginning to recognize that their memory is not quite as fine-tuned or as strong as it was in their younger years, if they have difficulty keeping track of conversations, or to have any other concerns about their mental function, they should be encouraged to visit their doctor.
The diagnosis procedure for Alzheimer’s is quite intensive and complicated. There are numerous potential signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, but simple memory loss could be associated with the side effects of a new prescription medication or other health issue that might be developing.
What happens if the senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?
This can be a difficult thing for most families to cope with, but the best first step is to learn as much as possible about the disease, all of the potential signs and symptoms, how it progresses, and what can be done now to help alleviate some of the confusion, stress, and pressure from the senior and his or her support system in those years ahead.
Arguably one of the best decisions people can make is to rely on home care support services now. An experienced home care aide may certainly encourage the senior to be as active as possible, take part in mentally stimulating activities, and develop a routine. All of these things could pay positive dividends in the years ahead and provide a higher quality of life for the senior as he or she moves through the various stages of this disease.
If you or a family member are in need of Alzheimer’s care in Boca Raton, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.
She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups.She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.
Her family also remains a priority in her life.Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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