There are more than 5 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are a family caregiver for one of these people, or you are caring for an elder who you believe may be dealing with the early stages of the disease, it is important that you are able to detect potential signs and symptoms of the condition. This allows you to not only detect struggles that your parent is facing so that you can help resolve them through your care efforts, but also to protect your elder from negative effects that can occur as a result of these symptoms.
One issue that often develops in the earliest stages of the disease is confusion with time or location. While it is not uncommon for older adults, and even younger people, to temporarily not know what day it is, to lose track of time, or to get confused and end up lost when driving or walking, your senior might be struggling with a more serious degree of this type of challenge. If they are, it could result in unhealthy or even dangerous situations.
Some signs that your parent might be dealing with confusion about time or location include:
- Wearing pajamas all day, or changing into or out of pajamas at inappropriate times.
- Not being able to determine how long it has been since they spoke to or saw you, such as thinking that it has been several weeks since they last saw you when you were there the day before, or thinking that they saw a neighbor that day when it has been months since that person moved.
- Dressing for the wrong season of the year.
- Decorating for a holiday that is not coming up .
- Not knowing where they are, even if they are in a familiar area.
- Not knowing how they got where they are.
- Frequently getting lost when going to familiar places.
- Not seeming to understand how far away something is, such as an upcoming event or celebration.
If your parent has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or their challenges and symptoms have increased to the point that you feel they would benefit from additional care and support, now may be the ideal time to consider starting elder care for them. Whether it is early in your parent’s progression with the disease or they have been coping with it for some time and have reached a more challenging stage, this in-home elder care services provider can make a tremendous difference in their life and the life of you as their family caregiver.
This elder care provider can step in to fill care gaps, provide services that enable you to take time away from your care efforts and focus on other obligations in your life, as well as yourself, and encourage your loved one to maintain a lifestyle that is more active, independent, and fulfilling throughout their progression.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services near Strasburg PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author