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“Tell Tail Signs Your Loved-Ones are Experiencing the First Stages of Alzheimer’s”

It is important that children, family members and friends of individuals who are experiencing the first stages of Alzheimer’s disease, understand and know the physical changes that will occur, as the disease progresses.

It is a transition like none other.

Living through the transition will dignify changes like;

WANDERING:

Wandering is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

Many patients/clients may wander off!

When this happens, he or she may walk miles away from home before realizing how far they have gone. They may leave home with the intension to visit a family member, friend or even to walk to a nearby grocery store, jogging etc.

In many cases the client/patient never makes it to the intended destination, because all most all the familiar places become strange and unfamiliar.

To their mind’s eye these surroundings are now a bundle of un-arranged jig saw puzzle.

As a result of this their whole world will appear to be a brand-new configuration.

He or she may never return or will return hours later or may be picked up by the local law enforcement, or someone in the neighborhood.

Therefore, it is advisable that your loved ones always wear an ID, so that if he or she wonders away, and is picked up, they may be easily identified and be brought home safely.

During this time of early memory loss, there may be other neurological changes in their bodies. Their ability to feel hunger or thirst may be disrupted.

This is also true for their inability to recognize changes in their body temperatures.

Are they hot, or cold?

They can’t tell, hence dehydration, sun burns or frost bites.

Hygiene: Because they do experience various sensational changes in their bodies, like the fear of the feel of water on their skin. They may develop a fear of baths or showers as well.

That is why showers are challenging, and bathroom care on a whole, becomes extremely difficult. The same is true for oral hygiene, gums and teeth may become sensitive as well.

Dress: What to wear and what not to wear is no longer relevant to them as they change. It’s as if they see appropriateness through a completely different lens. So, if they are left unmonitored, they will almost always show up donned inappropriately.

Aggressive Behavior: Surprise and shock! Personality changes do occur.

Your loved ones may experience mood swings and anger. These behavioral changes may be a result of confusion.

Displacing Items: The displacing of important documents, keys, medication, purses, wallets, jewelries and other valuable items do happen from time to time.

What to Do?

A neurological evaluation is necessary.

By doing so your loved ones, will be properly diagnosed, and the appropriate care program be put in place!

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