Early Stage Dementia: What To Do

Recognizing Early Stage Alzheimer’s in the Washington DC area

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that affects each individual differently. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for roughly 80% of all new dementia diagnoses. Each stage of Alzheimer’s introduces symptoms that directly impacts the cognitive and functional abilities of the individual. In the early stage of the disease, symptoms are generally mild and may be difficult to notice. At this stage, the individual may functional independently with the ability to complete all of their own activities of daily living. However, they may begin experiencing frequent memory lapses or the inability to identify familiar words. Friends and family may notice the individual struggling with performing routine tasks or maintaining organization. During a medical examination, doctors may identify problems in memory or concentration. It can be helpful to involve Senior Care professionals, family and friends in the examination to provide their personal accounts of symptoms, as the individual may not be readily able to identify changes in themselves.

Common challenges in the Early-Stage of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Difficulties with planning or organization
  • Difficulties with recalling the right word or name for familiar objects
  • Difficulties with performing social or work tasks
  • Frequent memory lapses
  • Frequently losing or misplacing valuable objects
  • Difficulties with retaining new information
  • Difficulty following storylines
  • Deteriorating sense of direction

Once medical examinations are completed and an Alzheimer’s dementia diagnosis is received, it’s important to optimize the safety and quality of life of the individual. Caregivers and friends should provide the individual with support and empathy while preparing for upcoming challenges ahead. Senior Home Care professionals should discuss advance directives and preferred future plans of care with the individual, to ensure that their wishes are upheld when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Take the time to carefully plan for comprehensive and holistic care which meets the entire needs of the individual– it’s the best way to honor their life and legacy. Finding holistic and comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C area can be challenging. However, care that is tailored to the needs of the individual and enhances their well-being is essential to ensuring longevity.

Sources

Alzheimer’s Association . (2017). Stages of Alzheimer’s. Retrieved from alz.org: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_stages_of_alzheimers.asp#mild

Higuera, V., & Ellis, M. (2016, July 12). 10 Early Symptoms of Dementia. Retrieved from healthline.com: http://www.healthline.com/health/dementia/early-warning-signs

Mayo Clinic. (2017). Dementia. Retrieved from mayoclinic.org: http:www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dementia/diagnosis-treatment/diagnosis/dxc-20198511

Helping a Senior Parent Prepare their Home for Fall and Winter

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Fall is upon us, the kids are back to school, and the weather has turned crisp in many areas of the country.  Now is the time to take care of that Fall checklist and get things in order before the weather turns nasty and unpredictable.  Here are things that need to be done around an aging parent’s home to prepare them for the colder seasons.

Remove and Store Outdoor Hoses

Leaving a hose hooked up to an outdoor faucet could end up as a disaster. Trapped water could freeze and burst pipes inside the wall. To prevent any surprises, it’s a good ideas to store away hoses as soon as you feel Fall in the air. The general rule is to keep them there until Spring.

Clean out the Gutters

After all the leaves have fallen, it’s time to clean out all the gunk from the gutters.  Also do an inspection looking for areas that sag or trap water and replace or repair these damaged areas.

Inspect the Exterior Walls

Look around the window and door frames as well as along the exterior walls for any cracks that will allow for heat to escape and moisture to seep in.  Caulk any suspicious areas.  Tip:  Perform this chore on a nice day so the caulk is easy to work with.

Clean the Windows 

Twice a year the inside and outside of windows need to be cleaned.  This Fall, be sure to give them a good cleaning and replace any screens with storm windows. Do the same for doors.  This will keep the cold weather where it belongs – outside and keep the heating bill low.

Don’t Forget the Closets

Go through old clothes and other items tucked away in closets. Items that are no longer used can be thrown away or given to the needy.  Organize the items that remain to be sure the senior can easily reach them. Make this a fun chore by putting on some music and inviting the elder care professional to join in.

Inspect the Roof

The roof is an area that takes a beating from the elements.  That’s why it is a good idea to give it an inspection every Spring and Fall.  Look for loose tiles or shingles or anything else suspicious.  If the roof is particularly steep, use a pair of binoculars to ensure safety.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering ELDER CARE IN GREAT FALLS, VA, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

 

Source:  https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/fall-checklist/