We may find it easy to attribute memory lapses to stress or getting older, but how does one know what is normal and what is a cause for concern? If someone seems to be struggling with everyday tasks and functions, in a way that they did not previously, it could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the staff at The Meadows at Country Place, an assisted living center in Sacramento with extensive experience in Alzheimer’s care.
A simple memory lapse, like forgetting where you left your keys, is one thing, but forgetting what a key is used for is different. Losing one’s ability to cook a meal, or getting lost in familiar surroundings are more severe memory problems, and reasons to consult a doctor.
Although early detection of the probability of Alzheimer’s can be a difficult, there are other clues that might indicate a need to be checked out as well.
Here are three early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, that may usually be less recognized than memory issues:
• Frequently Falling: In a recent study, over a hundred older adults were asked to keep track of how often they fell or tripped. Researchers found a correlation between falls and the early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease based on the brain scans of those who fell most frequently.
• Inability to Recognize Sarcasm: Failure to recognize sarcasm, or taking it very literally and seriously, may be a sign that the part of your brain where you can perceive sarcasm, and where short-term memory is stored, has been affected by a disease such as Alzheimer’s.
• Uncharacteristic Irritability and/or Depression: When someone that’s always been upbeat becomes depressed or your kind and loving loved one starts acting uncharacteristically bitter or angry, it might also be indicative of Alzheimer’s.
Once Alzheimer’s has progressed enough to be clearly evident, then the person with it is in need of assistance to stay safe and maintain a good quality of life. If your loved is in need of Alzheimer’s care at a senior care center, call The Meadows at Country Place to speak to a team member about assisted living and individualized options. Call (916) 706-3949, or visit their website to learn more.
Is caring for your declining parent wearing down your other parent? It is such a difficult situation when a loved one develops a debilitating disease that requires round-the-clock monitoring and care. The challenges your family is facing can be daunting. The Meadows at Country Place, a leading senior care center in Sacramento, CA, wants to help people consider the benefits of moving your declining parent to an assisted living facility. There can be many benefits to this decision. Here are three:
- Relieve the burden. Your healthy parent can reclaim their health, peace of mind, and sense of self. It takes so much out of a person’s life to be constantly on watch. For example, the simple lack of sleep for one night will upset the emotions, thinking, and energy. Extend that to months on end of sleep deprivation, and then add the stress of being responsible for all care, household chores, and financial matters: It all adds up to an overwhelming task. Transferring the caretaker duties to a quality assisted living home will free your healthy, yet challenged, parent from this crushing burden.
- Keep your loved one safe. A loved one with Alzheimer’s or other kinds of dementia may wander in their confusion. It can be almost impossible for one person to keep track of another all day and all night at home. It is also difficult to lock up everything dangerous. A secure assisted living facility, like The Meadows at Country Place, is a safe place to wander, with staff monitoring 24 hours a day and spacious, clutter-free living spaces.
- More hands make lighter work. At home, it is usually one caretaker helping with all of the activities of daily living which may require assistance, such as food prep, feeding, toileting, bathing, and dressing. At an assisted care facility a whole team of staff provide that assistance and more. At The Meadows at Country Place we give assistance supporting all activities of daily living, providing a quality of life befitting your loved one.
For more information on the care services offered by The Meadows at Country Place, call the staff today at (916) 706-3949. Learn more about their individualized care by visiting their website and liking them on Facebook.