June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and we are thinking of all the families that are impacted by this disease. In our blog last week, we talked about the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, however, in elderly people a certain degree of memory loss is normal. While it is important to take any early signs of memory loss seriously, some normal behaviors come with aging. Below, we have outlined typical age-related memory loss behaviors of aging individuals.
Memory loss that disrupts everyday life is an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s and must be taken very seriously. However, it is normal to sometimes forget names or appointments.
An early sign of Alzheimer’s disease is getting confused about finances, and making rash financial decisions. Typical age-related behavior is occasionally making errors when managing finances or household bills.
It is an early sign of Alzheimer’s if one cannot remember how to complete daily chores. A typical age-related change to occasionally need to set an alarm to remember something.
An early sign of Alzheimer’s is having a hard time with spatial distances, however, vision blurred due to cataracts is not an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s.
Mood or personality changes can be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s, however, as people age, they tend to develop routines. Elderly people depend on the routine, and often get set in their ways. It is normal to get frustrated when the routine is disrupted.
Alzheimer’s awareness is important for families with aging loved ones. If you see any of these early warning signs, we encourage you to reach out to a doctor. Our family is here to help you with providing resources and placement services for aging seniors.