Becoming forgetful is a common sign of getting older. In fact, at least half of all people over the age of 65 report feeling more forgetful than when they were younger. But when does forgetfulness start to cross the line into signs of dementia? This can be a stressful thing to worry about for seniors and those who care for them. Here are some of the differences between forgetfulness and dementia. [Read more…]
Forgetfulness and Memory loss can be a normal part of aging, however it is also a symptom that should not be ignored or go unnoticed. Memory loss can be a sign of dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s, so it is important to recognize the symptoms early on. Here are some signs of memory loss to be on the lookout for as your loved one ages: [Read more…]
Sundowner Syndrome, also known as “late-day confusion,” is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. As the name presumes, those with Sundowner Syndrome experience symptoms in the late afternoon and evening, as opposed to earlier in the day.
Signs of Sundowning include behaviors such as confusion, aggression, anxiety, pacing, and wandering. While the specific cause is unknown, factors that trigger Sundowner Syndrome include low lighting, fatigue, increased shadows, infections, and difficulty separating dreams from reality. [Read more…]
My mom was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease about 18 months ago. Since then my father, sister and I have worked together to try to manage her illness at home.
Our challenge is that we all work full-time. So far we’ve been able to use home care aides to help during the daytime hours when none of us can be there. But lately my mom has started wandering and it often happens during the middle of the night when my dad is trying to sleep. Even though we have an alarm system on the house and a GPS watch that allows us to quickly locate her, it has just gotten to be too much. The three of us are exhausted from trying to take turns staying up at night to keep an eye on my mom. [Read more…]
Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult journey for both the older adult who lives with it and for their family. It is often referred to as “the long goodbye.”
When a senior you love has advanced Alzheimer’s, safely caring for them at home becomes increasingly difficult. Wandering is a common and dangerous behavior for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
The statistics on wandering are indeed frightening. Half of people with Alzheimer’s who wander and aren’t found within 24 hours are injured or die before they are located. This behavior often forces families to accept the idea that a memory care placement may be necessary.
Guilt and fear are very common emotions for loved ones to feel during this time. [Read more…]