Is it Alzheimer’s or Just a Lapse in Memory?
— July 26th, 2018
If you’re trying to determine if your elderly family member is just having a bad memory day or if she’s developing Alzheimer’s disease, you might find yourself waffling back and forth. The best way to know for sure is to talk to your elderly family member’s doctor, but these signs might help gather information.
Repeating Questions or Stories Verbatim
It’s disconcerting if your elderly family member starts to repeat stories or questions exactly the same way, sometimes moments after having said the exact same thing. Your aging adult may not even realize that she’s just said the same thing in the same way. Sometimes this might be just a memory lapse, but if it’s happening often, that could be a sign of something bigger.
Forgetting How to Do Things that Use to Be Easy
Over a lifetime, your senior collects a wealth of knowledge. There are things that she knows how to do that she really doesn’t have to even think about any longer. But when she suddenly forgets how to do simple things, like cooking scrambled eggs, that’s a big sign that something else is going on.
Having Trouble with Regular Daily Tasks
There are daily tasks that everybody has to do, like taking out the trash or paying bills, that your elderly family member may have had no trouble with in the past. But when she starts to have trouble with her memory, these regular daily tasks sometimes become something massive and scary that intimidate her.
Getting Lost in Familiar Places
Familiar places are comforting for exactly that reason. They’re familiar and comfortable. If your senior is finding that she’s suddenly getting lost in places that were once familiar to her that is a problem. Your elderly family member may even find that she’s uncomfortable going out on her own. Hiring elderly care providers to help her when she goes out is one way to assist with this problem.
Losing Household Items Regularly
It’s one thing to lose the remote for the television now and again. Most people have been there a time or two. But to misplace important items consistently is a problem. Your senior may not be able to locate her keys or her glasses for days at a time, for instance, and that can be a really big deal.
Letting Other People Handle Questions or Decisions More Often
People who worry that they’re developing Alzheimer’s disease can tell that something isn’t quite right. In fact, they’ll often try to compensate by allowing other people to handle information for them or answer questions. This can be a subtle sign that something else is going on.
The very best way to know for certain whether your senior is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or not is to talk with her doctor. Make sure that you bring in your concerns and ask for testing to be certain. From there, you and your senior can determine what happens next.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home elderly care in Toronto, please talk to the caring staff at Geri Health Home Care today. Call us at 416-431-6266. Serving Greater Toronto Area, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan.