Right now, more than five and a half million people in the US live with Alzheimer’s. That number will more than double over the next thirty years barring a major medical breakthrough. With so many people expected to develop the disease, it helps if you can recognize what are and aren’t signs of Alzheimer’s. At Huntington Beach Psychiatry, we can help you clearly identify these common warnings.
Recognizing Common Signs of Alzheimer’s
It’s important to realize that everyone experiences some loss in their mental sharpness as they age. Everyone also has some changes in behavior as they age as well. These mild losses or changes don’t necessarily signal Alzheimer’s.
For example, misplacing your keys or glasses from time-to-time is a normal part of aging. You may become set in your routines. You may forget someone’s name only to remember it later or make minor math errors. These changes are not generally signs of Alzheimer’s.
The changes typical of Alzheimer’s are more severe, get worse over time, and make daily life increasingly difficult.
Likely the most widely recognized of all signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss. The memory loss often includes significant dates, such as a child’s birthday or your anniversary. You persistently struggle with recalling information you just received. You find it necessary to leave yourself many notes about things you must do.
Problem Solving and Plans
Another of the common signs of Alzheimer’s is a serious decline in your ability to make plans or solve problems. For example, you might still be able to make your famous apple pie, but it takes you two or three times as long. When some unexpected problem happens around the house, you may find it difficult to decide whether to fix it yourself or call a repair person.
Those suffering from Alzheimer’s often experience confusion about a wide range of topics. They may not know what season it is. Moreover, they get lost on their way to familiar places, such as a grocery store or the local post office. They may also start wandering.
While no known cure exists for signs of Alzheimer’s, there are treatments that can help reduce the symptoms and stresses of the disease. For example, Huntington Beach Alzheimer’s therapy includes:
Treatments often prove beneficial for caregivers, as well. Tending to someone with Alzheimer’s is psychologically, emotionally, and physically taxing. Therapy can provide a necessary and much-needed outlet for any frustrations.
Huntington Beach Psychiatry
Huntington Beach Psychiatry provides many mental health services, including therapy for signs of Alzheimer’s. We focus on the person first and the condition second because no one is a list of symptoms. We serve the Huntington Beach area.
If you think you or a loved one might have Alzheimer’s, don’t put things off. Call 866-334-6286 and make an appointment with Huntington Beach Psychiatry. We’ll help you find out if you’re right and, if necessary, form a treatment plan.