Alzheimer’s Care in Lancaster PA
Your grandmother spent the final years of her life in a nursing home because of Alzheimer’s. Your mother knows she’s at an increased risk of developing this form of dementia as well. You might very well be, too. Perhaps you’ve noticed some particular signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, as best you can estimate, and if you or your mother are worried about these particular symptoms, it’s time for her to visit the doctor.
Only an experienced doctor can diagnose Alzheimer’s.
In order to be officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, your mother will have to go through a series of tests. It’s not that easy to diagnose this particular disease, even though some of the signs and symptoms can appear to be obvious. There are many reasons why your mother might be having a difficult time keeping track of appointments, her medications, or things people talk to her about.
It could be an overreliance on television programming as her primary mode of entertainment. Watching TV is a passive activity that doesn’t give the brain any real exercise. Since the brain as a muscle, it requires exercise to stay in peak condition.
Here are two signs that should give you some key indicators it’s time for your mother to make an appointment and visit with her doctor to either know for sure if it’s Alzheimer’s or take steps to help her in the future, either way.
Sign #1: She’s more forgetful.
Yes, memory loss is one of the key signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s also a key symptom of many other conditions and other forms of dementia. If she’s having a difficult time keeping track of things, it’s something to be seriously concerned about.
Offering her reminders or setting up digital reminder devices is one way to help combat those issues, but if it’s Alzheimer’s, getting proper care now is essential.
Sign #2: She’s using wrong words at times.
If you notice your mother is talking about something, telling you something she did the previous day or earlier in the morning, and suddenly she talks about getting up from the car, rather than the chair, and she does this on a few occasions, that’s a pretty good indicator she should be diagnosed by her doctor.
When Alzheimer’s continues to impact memory, it can cause people to use the wrong words, even every day, commonplace words.
If your mother is exhibiting either of these two signs, she should make an appointment with her doctor and not delay. The earlier she gets proper care, the better it’s going to be for her in the years to come, whether it’s Alzheimer’s or something else.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Lancaster, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller.
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