The symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia develop slowly over a number of years Sometimes these signs are mistaken for normal, age-related mental decline instead of the result of a more serious problem.
Because the symptoms progress slowly, it’s easy for loved one’s to deny they even exist until an event happens that is so uncharacteristic or bizarre that the symptoms become undeniable.
We’ve seen this type of denial in our family.
Look for the below-mentioned signs and consider a planning meeting with our attorneys before the situation deteriorates beyond repair.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the following are ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life, especially newly-learned information. Early symptoms include repeatedly asking the same questions, and increasingly relying on memory aids, such as notes, to recall routine tasks.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems. The onset of Alzheimer’s can make it difficult keep track of finances, and plan and cook meals. Sometimes, people give gifts or make unusual purchases.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or leisure, such as driving to a familiar location or recalling the rules of a game.
- Disorientation of time or place. Those with Alzheimer’s can experience confusion about where they are, how they got there, or what day it is.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships, such as depth perception. This leads to people tripping on stairs or ledges and can cause physical harm.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer’s struggle with remembering the right word or use the wrong word to describe familiar objects. Sometimes, people will avoid discussing certain issues or avoid situations altogether to cover up these signs.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps to locate them. This includes keys and medications.
- Poor or impaired judgment. Those with Alzheimer’s may be more prone to give away large sums of money to telemarketers, dress inappropriately, or keep up with personal hygiene. They may even forget to eat for days at a time.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality. Symptoms can include mood swings, anxiety and delusions.
Our recommendations if a loved one is experiencing these symptoms:
The Alzheimer’s Association recommends seeing a doctor right away if you or someone you love experiences any of these symptoms because early diagnosis and treatment can delay the progression of Alzheimer’s.
In our pre-planning session, we discuss estate planning documents to protect your loved ones and options for long term care including Medicaid and VA planning.
Schedule a meeting today. 817.638.9016 or RWeaver@weaverlegal.net