Whether you’re experiencing possible symptoms or are concerned for someone you care about, the Alzheimer Society of Toronto has developed the following list of signs to look for.
Memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities– forgetting things often or struggling to retain new information.
Difficulty performing familiar tasks – forgetting how to do something you’ve been doing your whole life, such as preparing a meal or getting dressed.
Problems with language – forgetting words or substituting words that don’t fit the context.
Disorientation in time and space – not knowing what day of the week it is or getting lost in a familiar place.
Impaired judgment – not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention or wearing light clothing on a cold day.
Problems with abstract thinking – not understanding what numbers signify on a calculator, for example, or how they’re used.
Misplacing things – putting things in strange places, like an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
Changes in mood and behaviour – exhibiting severe mood swings from being easy-going to quick-tempered.
Changes in personality – behaving out of character such as feeling paranoid or threatened.
Loss of initiative – losing interest in friends, family and favourite activities.
When choosing a Caregiver to care for a loved one affected with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, it is best to look for someone who has had training in caring for seniors with this disease. You can be confident that a Caregiver with specialized training will know what to anticipate and how to manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Moreover, they may be trained to deliver cognitive exercises that are designed to stimulate and exercise minds in seniors affected with dementias.
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