Preparing for the Burden of Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease takes a huge toll on everyone surrounding the afflicted. As we age, the threat of Alzheimer’s, and other forms of dementia becomes more pronounced. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases and while there are treatments that slow its effects, there is no cure. It’s important to know what is coming and how to best prepare for it—that’s something that we like to help you with from a legal perspective.
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Prepare for the Potential of HardshipIt’s important to know what to do to prepare for future issues. Get your legal matters in line, have your estate planned and your family informed. The pain of loss that comes with the disease is something that nobody will ever be fully prepared for, but working on getting everything in order early on is an important aspect of being best equipped to tackle the issues as they come. So what are some of the warning signs of the disease?
- The most familiar sign of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, memory loss is synonymous with degenerative brain disease and disorder.
- Forgetting important events and increasingly having to rely on constant memory aids are early signs of significant memory loss beyond that of aging.
Difficulty Planning or Problem Solving
- For some folks who have early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, the inability to develop and follow a plan or work with large numbers was one of the first signs of mental deterioration.
General Confusion and Inability to Recall Time and Place
- Dates, the seasons, and the general passing of time all become harder to process for those who are experiencing the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Difficulty Processing Images and Spatial Relationships
- Though less common than confusion and memory loss, vision problems and difficulty determining color and contrast are signs of many degenerative brain disorders.
Confusion With Spoken and Written Language
- A decreased vocabulary and inability to follow conversation come with extensive memory loss and could be a cause for concern for the aging.
Withdrawal From Social Activities
- The frustration of losing memory and being so easily confused, even early on, often causes those afflicted to avoid social activities, hobbies, or projects.
Mood and Personality Changes
- With the onset of degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, there often comes confusion, suspicion, depression, anxiety, and general discomfort. If you or someone you care about is experiencing these feelings more and more often, it is best to seek medical attention to find the root cause of these changes as soon as possible.
It is important to know early warning signs of Alzheimer’s and other diseases associated with aging. However, it is also important to never self-diagnose. Seek the advice of a Licensed Medical Professional as soon as possible if you are concerned for the health of yourself or a loved one.