Cognitive impairment is unrecognized in 27 to 81 percent of affected patients in primary care. Patients with memory trouble may also be non-compliant with medical care.
If you suspect a loved one might be displaying symptoms associated with the early stages of Alzheimer's, pay attention to these warning signs. If a few of these sound a little too familiar, schedule an appointment with your family's primary care physician:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily activities
- Challenges with planning or solving problems
- Confusion with time and place or understanding of visual images
- Withdrawal from work or other social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
- Difficulty with speech and/or writing
By getting in touch with a primary care provider, concerns can begin to be addressed, and you can identify what other types of specialists might be most helpful in caring for your loved one. As a caregiver, there are many resources available for you as well.
Comprehensive approaches improve identification and support of caregivers in need. This can help enhance quality of life for all impacted by Alzheimer's.
For more information on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease, contact Spring Arbor.
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