4 Signs That Your Family Member May Have Alzheimer’s or Dementia
Do you know what to look for if you suspect a parent or loved one may have Alzheimer’s? If you do believe your parent may have Alzheimer’s, it could be time to research your options with professional attention such as memory care communities.
As one of the leading Texas senior living companies, Sodalis assists family members on what to expect and next steps to make the transition into memory care a smooth process. But what exactly is Alzheimer’s and dementia?
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, a term that means a decline in memory loss and other cognitive abilities such as thinking skills and behavior that interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and they affect millions of families worldwide.
Let’s discuss the four basic signs to look for if you believe your loved one may have Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- Forgetting Daily and/or Routine Appointments
Your parent or loved one tends to forget names or appointments, even if you remind them more than once. They may need to rely on memory aids like notes or their phones for things that they used to handle on their own.
- Difficulty Completing House or Work-Related Tasks
Your loved one may suddenly not know how to cook a favorite recipe or balance their checkbook. Forgetting this one time may be normal, but if it continues to happen it could be something more than a simple mistake. Repetitive tasks around the home could also be forgotten about, or they can’t remember the route to a routine location like the bank.
- Changes in Behavior, Mood and/or Personality
Alzheimer’s or dementia can also affect someone’s behavior or personality. They can become easily upset, confused or stressed when they are not in their comfort zones.
- Loss of Interest in Social Activities
Your family member may have frequent activities such as work, hobbies or other routine appointments and then they suddenly do not want to participate in them as much or at all. They may start to feel weary of social obligations.
If you recognize any of these signs with a family member, it’s important to seek medical advice right away. Scheduling a doctor’s appointment will help discover the cause and next steps for treatment. Your doctor will provide the information you need. One course of action they may recommend is seeking professional care through a memory care community for your family member.
Searching for the Right Memory Care Community for Your Loved One
If you realize that your parent or loved one needs more help, it may be time for the next step by looking for a memory care community. When you research, features such as proximity to your home or work, pricing and most importantly, the level of individualized care they receive are just a few features to look for in a memory care community. With Sodalis, our unique and intimate memory care programming, round-the-clock nursing care and passionate team will ensure your parent or loved one is provided the consistent care they need.
Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association hosts walks nationwide to help families by raising awareness. With Alzheimer’s Awareness Month occurring right now in Texas, Sodalis communities have participated and sponsored walks to promote awareness and funding to an important cause. You can visit their website to learn more about Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases with upcoming events and opportunities for others to donate and get involved.
Looking for a memory care community? Sodalis is here for you. We are available for tours and to answer any of your questions.