Normal Aging or Alzheimer’s? Five Red Flags to Watch For

January 13th, 2015

Alzheimer's CareIt’s a common occurrence in the elderly: concealing issues or problems so as not to worry their family members, and also because they fear losing their independence if these issues were to be discovered. However, there are subtle differences between the normal effects of aging and those that may be indicative of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, such as the ones listed below:

Typical Age-Related Changes:

  • Making a bad decision once in a while
  • Missing a monthly payment
  • Forgetting which day it is and remembering later
  • Occasionally forgetting which word to use
  • Losing things from time to time

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s:

  • Poor judgment and decision-making
  • Inability to manage a budget
  • Losing track of the date or the season
  • Difficulty having a conversation
  • Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them

If your elderly loved one is exhibiting any of these warning signs, it’s important to check in with his or her physician. Regardless of whether the need is due to Alzheimer’s, another disease, or simply the natural effects of frailty and aging, Visiting Angels can help by providing personal care, hygiene assistance, transportation, light housekeeping, companionship and much more. Fill out our simple online contact form, or call us any time at 408-735-0977 in Sunnyvale, or 510-284-0000 in Fremont to get started! We are locally owned and operated and have been serving seniors in Alameda and Santa Clara counties since 2003.

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