Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and this neurodegenerative disorder can produce a wide array of symptoms, including some that aren’t so obvious. Seniors who are able to catch those symptoms early on can sometimes delay the progression of Alzheimer’s. Here’s a quick look at five uncommon symptoms of Alzheimer’s that seniors and their caregivers need to keep an eye out for.
1. Overreacting to Relatively Minor Issues
A healthy senior should be able to take most setbacks in stride, but there may come a point where it seems as if your aging loved one becomes extremely aggravated by minor issues. Seniors with Alzheimer’s might lose their temper when they misplace their keys or a server gets their order wrong. A good way to manage that anger is to distract your loved one as quickly as possible by redirecting his or her attention or asking a question.
2. Eating Non-Food Items
In rare cases, Alzheimer’s impacts the area of the brain responsible for determining how hungry a person is. After that area of the brain has been damaged, seniors might feel as if they need to eat unusual items, such as dirt or paper. There aren’t many ways to address this symptom, but you can try to keep your loved one satiated at all times.
3. Forgetting How Everyday Objects Work
You should be concerned if your loved one can’t seem to figure out everyday items. An example would be having difficulty using a television remote or the microwave. If you ever notice this symptom, make a note of it and discuss the issue with your loved one’s doctor. The doctor might suggest heading to a neurologist or cognitive health specialist for further testing. To accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s, seniors must undergo a few different tests, including brain scans.
Cognitive issues in seniors can make it difficult for family caregivers to know what their loved ones need at any given time. Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Wellesley Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.
4. Falling Frequently
One study published in the journal Neurology found that falling could be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s or a byproduct of this disorder. Injuring the head during a slip-and-fall accident could also speed up the progression of Alzheimer’s and worsen its symptoms. The best way to reduce your loved one’s risk of falling is to encourage exercising a few times a week. You should also declutter your loved one’s home and make sure there are grab bars in the bathrooms.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming for family caregivers, and a compassionate professional caregiver can provide much-needed support. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care Wellesley, MA, families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Executive functions are a group of cognitive processes that control behavior, and Alzheimer’s can damage the area of the brain responsible for carrying out those processes, which is one of the reasons some seniors with Alzheimer’s begin to steal and carry out other illegal acts. For those particular seniors, it becomes nearly impossible to discern right from wrong. This symptom usually appears during the latest stages of Alzheimer’s, and the best way to handle it is to have a loving caregiver nearby at all times.
If your elderly loved one is living with Alzheimer’s and needs help managing the symptoms, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Alzheimer’s care. Wellesley seniors can rely on our revolutionary Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), an activities-based program that promotes cognitive health and delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. CTM also encourages seniors to engage with others in an enjoyable way and helps them build new routines to look forward to. Trust Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate, professional care for your loved one. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (781) 239-0060.