With the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in our population, it’s more important than ever to make families aware of early symptoms of this disease. The sooner the disease is detected and diagnosed, the sooner a loved one can start receiving the proper care, including guidance in how to best plan for the future.
Recognizing the Earliest Signs of Alzheimer’s
If you suspect that your loved one is experiencing symptoms beyond those of normal aging, be aware of the following conditions:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life – forgetting new information or important names and dates; relying on memory aids and frequent reminders from family members and friends
- Challenges in planning or solving problems – having difficulty making a plan and following it; having difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks – forgetting where an item is kept or how to drive to a familiar place
- Confusion with time or place – losing track of dates, seasons or the passage of time; forgetting where they are or how they got there
- Trouble with visual images or spatial relationships – difficulty reading, judging distance or determining color
- New problems with words in speaking or writing – having trouble following a conversation; finding the right words or making up new ones; stopping mid-sentence and not knowing how to continue
- Losing the ability to retrace steps – misplacing things in unusual places and not knowing how to find them; may accuse others of stealing from them
- Decreased or poor judgment – mishandling money and giving away large amounts to telemarketers; ceasing to take care of personal grooming or appearance
- Withdrawal from work or social activities – removing themselves from hobbies and social situations, either because they have trouble remembering or are embarrassed by the changes they’ve experienced
- Changes in mood or personality – becoming increasingly confused, anxious, suspicious, fearful or depressed; may be easily upset around people and places that are outside of their comfort zone.
If you notice any of these symptoms recurring in your loved one’s health or behavior, you should help them make an appointment with their doctor as soon as possible to rule out other health problems and test for memory loss.
The Art of Living
At Tuscan Gardens® of Venetia Bay, we’ve mastered the art of living. We’ve perfected the balance of personalized support and an uplifting lifestyle, helping our residents experience independence, joy, and meaning every day.
Operating supportive independent living, assisted living and memory care services for families in Venice, Florida, Tuscan Gardens of Venetia Bay was founded with one simple, yet profound goal – to create a community worthy of our parents. In all we do, we are guided by the principles of family, culture, and engagement, working to represent the remarkable way of life our families deserve.
The essence of our community is made up not only of mere aesthetics but an artfully designed lifestyle to bring out the best of what each day has to offer. From dedicated care that respects residents’ individuality and dignity to a lifestyle that nurtures their love of life, Tuscan Gardens was built to be more than just a residence, but a place to call home.
To learn more about our comfortable, elegant community, contact us today!