If you’re a caregiver for an elderly loved one, you probably know the most frequent symptoms of Alzheimer’s. However, knowing some of the most commonly missed signs of the disease is also important for ensuring early diagnosis and treatment. To increase the chances of early diagnosis, the aged care experts at Home Care Assistance North Coast discuss the most easily overlooked signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
1. Vision Problems
It can be hard to sort out whether your loved one’s vision changes are normal or a sign of Alzheimer’s. Watch out for changes in vision paired with other common Alzheimer’s symptoms, like memory loss. If your relative seems to have trouble judging distances or differentiating colors, as well as difficulty recalling easy pieces of information, consult your loved one’s doctor.
2. Abandoned Hobbies
When your senior relative gives up on things he or she used to love, he or she may be experiencing shifts in personality and abilities as a result of Alzheimer’s. If your loved one has always loved model trains or long walks and suddenly loses all interest, this may be because the memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s has made him or her forget certain steps involved in the activity.
3. Accusations of Theft
When your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, he or she may feel normal most of the time and may not realise that he or she is having spells of memory impairment. These periods of time during which your loved one cannot remember things may lead to him or her to move items that belong to her and then forget their new location. If your elderly loved one begins making unfounded accusations of theft, it’s time to consult a medical professional.
4. Misused Words
People of all ages sometimes call their child by a siblings name or momentarily come up empty when trying to remember the name of an old acquaintance. But if your loved one repeatedly forgets not just names but what an object is called and is used for, that may be something to worry about. Being unable to remember what car keys are called or what they do, even for a minute, is a warning sign.
If your elderly loved one had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he or she may require the in-home assistance of a professional caregiver to stay safe and comfortable in his or her own home. At Home Care Assistance, our Alzheimer’s caregivers in North Coast are expertly trained to assist seniors with a range of daily tasks, including cooking, cleaning, medication reminders, transportation, safety monitoring and more. To ask question about our aged care services, give a Care Manager a call at 1300 LIVE-IN or (02) 6646 3527 and schedule a free in-home consultation.