Typical Memory Loss or Early Onset Alzheimer’s?
Have you noticed something is not the same with an aging parent or loved one? Maybe their memory is not the same or they can no longer do the monthly bills. Familiar tasks are difficult to complete, and they may forget where they are or where they are going. The brain of an Alzheimer’s patient shows a slow decline in reasoning, thinking and memory. Slow declines may not be noticeable at first, but if you know what to look for, you can get help. Early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease is important.
There are many early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Is it typical memory loss or a symptom of Alzheimer’s? Keep a notebook and write down any symptoms that you see. Mark the date and time. This will help you and your doctor put together the pieces to see the full picture. Don’t rely on your own memory. One sign alone may not seem to be a big deal, but when you see multiple signs, it can lead to the correct diagnoses.
Making a Correct Diagnosis
A correct diagnosis will save time and money and allow your loved one to get the help he or she needs sooner. You may have written off an early warning sign as a typical age-related change, like misplacing keys or not being able to find the right word when speaking. But when you see all the pieces together, the picture becomes clearer. Knowing what you are dealing with allows for you to make plans for the future. The earlier the diagnosis is made, the more involved the patient can be in making legal, medical and financial decisions for later stages of the disease.
16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. If you are struggling with the day-to-day care of someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s, Health Force of Georgia can help. We provide a full range of home health care services from respite care, so you can get a break, to helping to shop and prepare meals, to monitoring and giving medications or even 24/7 Alzheimer’s live-in care in your loved one’s home. Our services are adaptable to different levels as the disease progresses. See our affordable Alzheimer’s care services.
Health Force of Georgia Offers Many Types of Assistance with Alzheimer's Patients
Call (770) 458-8500
to schedule help:
- Mental stimulation
- Physical activities and social engagement
- Bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting
- Light housework
- Transportation to medical appointments and other events
- Planning and preparing nutritious meals
- Grocery shopping
- Doing hobbies
- Monitoring and giving medications
- Keeping records on patient status, changes and all activities
- Maintaining a safe environment and consistent routine to lessen agitation or outbursts
- Adapting level of care as disease progresses
- Managing change in behavior
Watch this video to see 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. Then get in touch with your doctor.
Health Force of Georgia Service Area
Health Force of Georgia offers affordable Alzheimer's Disease and dementia care services in the Metro Atlanta area. We know that providing memory care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients is stressful and challenging for caregivers. That’s why we’re here for you with flexible Alzheimer’s care assistance that removes the burden of care for a short time or an extended period depending on your situation.
Our service area includes metro Atlanta, GA and 18 surrounding counties.