As families joyously gather together to celebrate the holidays this year, it is the perfect time to assess your aging loved ones for signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The holidays typically mark the one time per year that the entire family is together, giving everyone the same “birds-eye view” of the seniors in their family and how they are faring in life. While it might not be the most joyous thing to talk about, it is important to get care as early as possible in order to help your loved one live the healthiest, most productive life possible.
There are a few common warning signs that people will exhibit when they are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms nor will everyone experience all of them. But if you start to notice even a few, consulting with the doctor is best.
- Difficulty remember people’s names or important dates in his or her life
- Difficulty concentrating on complex issues, such as following a recipe or balancing a checkbook
- Forgetting how to use items that are used on a daily basis, such as the remote to the TV
- Having trouble finding the words that they are looking for in conversation
- Misplacing everyday items frequently
- Confusion about the current date, time or place
- Difficulty making important or everyday decisions
- Easily becoming irritable or upset, especially when someone asks a question they cannot answer
- Attending fewer social events or missing more days of work
If your loved one exhibits one or more of these signs during the holiday season, it is the best time to get together with everyone in the family to create a plan. When the entire family is on the same page, it makes it much easier to talk to your loved one to discuss your concerns about Alzheimer’s disease.