Attorney With The Hale Law Firm Discusses How To Recognize Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s
Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2013 - It is important to recognize warning signs of Alzheimer's disease.
According to elder law attorney John Hale of The Hale Law Firm, learning about the early warning signs of Alzheimer's may help a loved one receive a proper diagnosis that can assist in planning for their care.
“If you observe signs of Alzheimer's in an older loved one, it is important to reach out to your doctor so that the proper care can be administered,” said Hale.
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common types of dementia, or cognitive deficits. Another common type is vascular dementia, which results from stroke. It is also possible to have both Alzheimer's and vascular dementia.
One of the most commonly observed early signs of dementia is short-term memory loss. A loved one may need more help than they used to remembering recently learned information, such as an upcoming event. Long-term memory loss is more likely in the later stages of the disease, when an individual may forget significant past events or names of loved ones.
Another warning sign is difficulty with familiar yet cognitively complex tasks, such as filling out forms and other paperwork. Performing such tasks may take longer or become impossible for someone with Alzheimer's. An individual with dementia may also get lost in familiar surroundings. In today's world, labor-saving tools such as online bill payments and in-car navigation systems may mean that this symptom goes unnoticed for longer than it would have before the advent of such devices.
Someone with early-stage Alzheimer's may also have trouble following a conversation and may repeat the same statements or questions over again. Errors in judgment are another common warning sign. Someone with Alzheimer's disease may be more likely to be taken in by a scam that theye would not have fallen for earlier in life.
Becoming familiar with these early warning signs can assist family members in understanding what care an older loved one will need. Obtaining a proper diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, or other dementia, can lend clarity to what may be a disturbing situation and help a family prepare for additional care that may become necessary.
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