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Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 8:00 am on

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s aren’t easy to detect, at least in the early stages of the disease. At the same time, being aware of some of the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s can families know what to look for in an aging loved one and when to consult a doctor for further testing. Today, the Sonoma County Alzheimer’s care experts at Home Care Assistance are going to share some of the most common symptoms and warning signs of the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

  • Not Following Daily Routines – Some seniors with Alzheimer’s may stop bathing everyday or start wearing the same clothes from one day to the next. Personal hygiene may also suffer.
  • Language or Conversation Problems – People in the early stages of Alzheimer’s may have trouble remembering certain words or the names for common items. In some cases, they may have difficulty carrying on a conversation without drifting off topic.
  • Disorientation or Confusion – Early stage dementia often leaves seniors confused while performing normal activities like making a familiar recipe. This can also include disorientation while going for a walk or going to visit a neighbor.
  • Unexplained Mood Swings – Some patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s may shift moods suddenly without reason. They may also become uncharacteristically suspicious of good friends, family members or neighbors.
  • Odd Behavior – Everybody misplaces keys or other commonly used objects now and then. People with Alzheimer’s, however, tend to place objects in odd places, such as placing mail in the fridge or milk in a cabinet.
  • Lapses in Judgment – People with early symptoms of Alzheimer’s may make decisions that don’t seem to make sense, such as trusting a telemarketer. They may also make bad investments or give too much money when paying for something.

Exhibiting any of these early symptoms of Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean that your loved one has the disease. However, it’s a good idea to schedule a doctor’s visit when some early symptoms are present as a precaution, especially since early detection is so important when it comes to Alzheimer’s.

If you find that your aging parent or loved one is not as sharp as he or she was once, provide them with a helping hand. Home Care Assistance provides home care Sonoma County families trust and our highly trained caregivers are available on an hourly or live-in basis. We also provide specialty care for seniors with advanced conditions including Alzheimer’s and dementia. To learn more, reach out to a friendly Care Manager at 707-843-4368 today and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.