Many times the aging population will experience changes in their cognitive ability, but this doesn’t always mean they’ve developed a cognitive disability. Alzheimer’s is one of the first things that comes to mind for seniors and caregivers alike when cognitive abilities begin changing. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by a slow decline in thinking, memory and reasoning skills. A senior may not realize they are experiencing these declines in cognitive ability, so it’s important to observe their actions and seek medical advice and assistance if you notice any of these signs.
Frequent Memory Loss
We’ve all had moments where we’ve forgotten something, lost our keys or can’t remember why we walked into a room. Younger people often call this a brain freeze and seniors may call it having a senior moment. These episodes may happen occasionally, but when they become more frequent is when there should be some worry about the development of a cognitive disability.
There are also different levels of memory loss that can signify Alzheimer’s development compared to just having a senior moment. Losing track of time and missing a medical appointment can happen occasionally and may be viewed as normal for the aging population. However, leaving the home on time for the appointment, but then forgetting where you are going once in your car is not normal and could be a sign of Alzheimer’s development. Those signs make independent senior living dangerous, so any caretaker or loved one should take appropriate action when noticed.
Problems with basic motor skills, personality changes, inability to carry a conversation and other similar characteristics may be signs of neurological problems and potentially Alzheimer’s. Again, you’re looking for major changes or repetitive actions that cause concern, since everyone has days where their mood may be different than the previous day. But when a person’s mood changes swiftly and for no apparent reason at all, it may be worth taking a closer look at other actions they are doing. Your loved one may also be experiencing depression, which is dealt with differently by every person and should be addressed immediately before it escalates.
Visit A Doctor If Concerning Signs Persist
If you notice any of these signs or character changes in your senior loved one, reach out to a doctor as soon as possible. People striving for independent senior living may not want to hear about your reasons for concern, but it is important for them that you take action. Alzheimer’s can develop suddenly and quickly and, if left undetected, can be dangerous for anyone living alone. The earlier you can detect Alzheimer’s the better you can prepare for helping them live their life as normally as possible.
Senior living can be challenging with a cognitive disability. If there’s anything you need to help your senior loved one increase their mobility at home, contact Next Day Access.