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Should you be concerned?

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Several members of our staff had a movie night recently and watched Still Alice. We all remarked about what a well done movie it was and how true to life many things were – like how everyone initially overlooked her “slips” and odd choices of words until the lapses were too significant to misunderstand.

Many of you are facing similar issues, maybe not with a middle aged person with young onset Alzheimer’s disease but with an older adult who is experiencing problems.

These are some things to watch for:

  • Improper handling of financial matters
  • Missing appointments or special days
  • Lack of attention to personal appearance and personal hygiene
  • Reduced housekeeping, food preparation and often changes in eating habits/patterns
  • Change of demeanor

If your loved one is exhibiting these behavior changes, we recommend that you take him or her to see a physician who can give a diagnosis. There are many times when these issues will have nothing to do with Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia but may be cause by something reversible, such as a vitamin deficiency. Early review by a doctor who has strengths in this area is important.

If you have questions about this or other care-related topics, give us a call at 901.854.1200. Our Social Worker will be happy to talk with you and answer your questions.