Although Alzheimer’s disease is an incurable illness, it can be helpful
to diagnose it in its early stages. This allows the individual to consider
treatment options that may help manage symptoms. It also provides the
individual and his or her family members some time to consider long-term
Alzheimer’s care options. As the disease progresses, it is likely that the individual will
need to move to an assisted living center, where he or she can receive
continuous care and monitoring.
Short-Term Memory Loss
When a loved one begins displaying signs of short-term memory loss, it
does not necessarily mean that he or she has Alzheimer’s. It is
normal to occasionally misplace items or forget about appointments. However,
memory loss that interferes with daily activities can be indicative of
Alzheimer’s and should be evaluated by a physician. For example,
a loved one may ask others to repeat the same information multiple times
and he or she may frequently forget important dates.
Visual impairments are not uncommon among older adults. They are frequently
caused by cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. However, it is
important to be aware that one of the
early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease involves difficulty with spatial relationships and visual images. For
example, a loved one may have trouble with judging the distance of objects
or identifying colors.
Older adults may sometimes struggle to find the right word. When this
happens on an occasional basis, it is not necessarily cause for concern.
However, an individual with Alzheimer’s may forget the right word
frequently or call items by the wrong names. A loved one might repeat
information, get “stuck” in the middle of a conversation,
or have trouble following conversations.
If your loved one requires Alzheimer’s care, you can trust the compassionate
caregivers of Avalon Memory Care to provide all the services he or she
needs within a warm, welcoming setting. In addition to ensuring that all
of your loved one’s daily needs are met, we offer mental health
care for Alzheimer’s in Fort Worth. To inquire about Alzheimer’s
support, call us at (214) 752-7050.