Updated: Jun 16
Recognizing signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's and Dementia.
Sometimes we may feel a little foggy, even a little disoriented. Understanding that disorders of the brain can affect anyone, especially our elderly population.
Alzheimer's and Dementia is a leading disorder that does affect all ethnicity. The signs and symptoms may mimic other mental illnesses to the untrained eye. However, being aware of what the disorders are, how it affects our love one’s and how you can be a support to them is the first step.
Alzheimer's vs. Dementia (signs and symptoms)
Here are some common signs and symptoms to be aware of when it comes to Alzheimer's:
Onset of age is 65yrs or older.
Memory issues that affect cognitive reasoning, thinking, processing new information and confusion (i.e. time, day and years).
Changes in personality - Mood swings, irritability, trust issues, and being more combative).
Change in psychological state - Depression, hallucination or paranoia)
Motor Movements - Inability to combine muscle movements, jumble speech, repetition in words or stories and loss of appetite).
More noticeable symptoms: Shorten attention span, increased memory loss, and a hard time adjusting to new/unfamiliar situations or environments.
Now let’s review Dementia and how it affects your loved ones.
Memory Issues - Mental decline, usually confusion more prevalent in the evening time. Confusion, disorientation, and inability to recognize common things.
Changes in personality - Increased anxiety, irritability, restlessness, mood swings and nervousness.
Changes in psychological - Depression, hallucination, or paranoia
Motor movement - In ability to combine muscle movements and unsteady walking
More noticeable symptoms: Memory loss, falling, speech and sleep.
Seeking Help and Resources
If you are noticing some of the signs and symptoms with your loved one, please do not hesitate to seek help. Seeking viable resources starts with getting your loved ones to their treating Primary Care Physician and requesting a referral to a Neurologist. A referral to an Occupational Therapist and/or Physical Therapist may also follow to assist with your loved one’s daily functioning.
Support for the Care takers
Caring for your loved one’s while they are battling this brain disease may be taxing mentally and physically. Seeking individual therapy to have an outlet or support group is a good way to maintain your mental health. Performing some daily self care (i.e. exercise, downtime and spending time with your friends and other family members) is vital for your well being.
If you are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out and seek services.