Is it age or Alzheimer’s?
Is your loved one just getting older, or could their behavior signal something more serious, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s?
10 Early Symptoms of Dementia
- Short-term memory lapses
Forgetting what was for breakfast, where you left something, why you entered a room or what you were supposed to do today.
What’s normal: Forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.
- Difficulty speaking or writing
Trouble expressing yourself and forgetting the meanings of words.
What’s normal: Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.
- Mood changes
Depression, suspicion, fear, anxiety, confusion and/or a change in personality. Dementia can affect judgment, so a shy person may become outgoing.
Losing interest in hobbies, activities and having fun. No longer spending time with friends and family.
What’s normal: Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.
- Trouble completing normal tasks
Difficulty balancing a checkbook, following a recipe, playing games, and struggling to learn new things or follow new routines.
What’s normal: Occasionally missing a monthly payment.
- Confusion with time or place
Losing track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. Forgetting where you are or how you got there.
What’s normal: Forgetting which day it is and remembering later.
- A failing sense of direction
Not being able to follow step-by-step instructions, forgetting regularly-used directions or not recognizing once-familiar landmarks.
What’s normal: Spatial confusion related to cataracts.
- Being repetitive
Repeating daily tasks, collecting items obsessively and asking the same questions in a conversation after they’ve been answered.
What’s normal: Holding onto items of emotional value even if they no longer serve a purpose.
- Decreased or poor judgment
Giving large amounts of money to telemarketers. Paying less attention to grooming and housekeeping.
What’s normal: Making a bad decision every once in a while.
- Struggling to adapt to change
Not being able to remember people you know or follow what others are saying can be scary. For this reason, many people with early dementia crave routine and are afraid to try new experiences.
What’s normal: Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when those routines are disrupted.
Find out more about dementia and Alzheimer’s at alz.org.
Purposeful Living for People with Memory Loss
Rosemark’s Trellis program is specifically designed for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Our caregivers
focus on residents’ uniqueness, not their limitations.
The Rosemark Way:
- Recognizing that every resident is different
- Meeting people where they are, mentally and physically
- Building on cheerful memories to help residents find meaningful purpose in everyday tasks
- Providing maximum freedom of movement balanced with discreet monitoring
Rosemark residents find purpose, satisfaction, friendship and peace.
Find out more about the Rosemark Trellis Memory Support program or call us at 303.770.ROSE (7673).