Observation of a senior’s behavior is important for spotting early onset Alzheimer’s. Detecting Alzheimer’s early can help in finding the right care for a loved one.
Spot the behavior
A change in an elderly person’s behavior or memory can lead to questioning if Alzheimer’s is playing a role. These worries should be discussed with a doctor.
If a parent is upset with discussing this topic, it’s possible to write a letter to their doctor expressing concerns. If a parent is on board for discussion start taking notes on behavior to share with the doctor. This detailed information can help gather facts for the doctor to detect the disease.
Behaviors to follow
Certain behaviors must be tracked and for each one the following must be taken into account:
- What issues are your parents having now?
- When was the problem first noticed?
- What was observed?
- Is there a change or decline compared to how they used to be?
- Does the problem seem due to memory and thinking or a physical limitation?
1. Challenges with Memory or Reasoning
A daily problem with cognitive function is something to take note of. Definitive issues that are observed should be recorded.
2. Learning something new is a challenge
If using a new appliance or gadget is causing difficulties it should be taken note of. How it was troublesome to adapt to it and how they tried to manage it?
3. Trouble with finances
Encountering problems managing the bills, taxes, and expenses should be tracked.
4. Not remembering the month or year
If forgetting the month or year happens more than once it should be recognized.
5. Lack of judgement
Behaviors or situations that came about by a bad decision should be acknowledged. These situations can be anything from overspending to a lack of safety concerns.
6. Issues with appointments
Appointments or plans have been forgotten numerous times. Document when it started and how it has progressed.
7. Lack of interest in hobbies
The usual hobbies, such as reading, no longer hold interest. If this change isn’t related to a physical health issue then it should be noted.
8. Saying the same thing repeatedly
Repeating the same thing over and over again, such as a story or question should be written down.
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