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The Top 6 Indicators of Alzheimer’s to Look Out For

Mar 07, 2017 07:00AM ● By Melanie Heisinger
By Jason W. Wiley, MGS
Oxford Senior Living Co-founder

As people age, it’s normal to have occasional memory problems, such as forgetting the name of a person you’ve recently met. However, Alzheimer’s Disease is more than occasional memory loss. The disease causes brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die. When this happens, an individual may forget the name of a longtime friend or which roads to take to return to a home they’ve lived in for decades.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease today. So what is the difference between the normal aging process and this deadly disease? Here are a few indicators.

1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life. As a part of the normal aging process, you may forget names or appointments but remember them later. With Alzheimer’s, you may ask for the same information over and over again, relying heavily on reminder notes.

2. Confusion with time or place. It’s normal to forget the day of the week or your destination – for a moment. But a person with Alzheimer’s can become lost on their own street, not knowing how they got there or how to get home.

3. New problems with words in speaking or writing. Everyone has trouble finding the right word sometimes, but a person with Alzheimer’s may forget simple words or substitute words, making her sentences difficult to understand.

4. Misplacing things. Anyone can temporarily misplace a wallet or keys. A person with Alzheimer’s may put things in inappropriate places, like an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.

5. Decreased or poor judgment. People sometimes put off going to a doctor if they have an infection, but eventually they seek medical attention. A person with Alzheimer’s may have decreased judgment, for example not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention or even wearing heavy clothing on a hot day.

6. Withdrawal from work or social activities. It’s normal to tire of housework, business activities or social obligations, but most people regain their initiative. A person with Alzheimer’s may become very passive, requiring cues and prompting to become involved.

If you or a loved one is experiencing troubling symptoms, visit a doctor to learn more.

For more information about 24-hour memory care or support groups near you, call (214) 491-5155 or visit www.OxfordatGrandPrairie.comOxford Glen Memory Care at Grand Prairie is located at 2424 N. Grand Peninsula Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75054.

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