Everyone has had the busy, chaotic morning when they can’t find their keys, or put down their glasses and then can’t remember where. Misplacing things is something that happens, but usually is quickly remedied by retracing steps, or remembering where you placed the item. But what about an elderly adult who seems to be misplacing items on a more frequent basis, or is unable to go back and retrace their steps when they misplace something? As a family caregiver, you should know that frequently misplacing items, and not being able to find them could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.
Many people immediately relate Alzheimer’s disease to memory loss, such as not being able to remember people, but this is only one element of this disease. Instead, there are many different indicators that appear very early in the progression. One of these is frequently misplacing items. In this circumstance, it is important to differentiate between losing items and misplacing them. An elderly adult with Alzheimer’s disease may not just lose items and then they can’t remember what they did with them, but may also misplace items. This means purposely putting them into unusual places, or places where they wouldn’t usually put them. They may not be able to explain why they put them there, and are unlikely to remember where they are later when trying to find them. For example, a senior may put the milk away in the pantry, and the cereal away in the refrigerator.
An important aspect of evaluating frequency of misplacing items is the ability to then find those items. Some people are naturally more likely to put something down and not remember where it is, but usually they are able to retrace their steps to find these items. An elderly adult with Alzheimer’s disease may not be able to retrace their steps to find where they might have put items down. If your aging parent complains of not being able to find something, ask them where they last had it, and see how they respond. If they are unable to follow through, it may be cause for a conversation with your parent’s doctor.
Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the most meaningful and beneficial decisions you make for them as they age in place. As their family caregiver, you want to make sure your parent always has access to the level of care that meets their needs and challenges, but also promotes independence, autonomy, and quality of life. The fully customizable services of an in-home senior care services provider are designed specifically to address this goal in ways that are right for your aging parent, but also for the level of care you give them on a regular basis. The services can include safe and reliable transportation, help with activities of daily living such as keeping their home clean, meal and snack preparation, mobility assistance, medication reminders, and more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Cicero, NY, please contact the caring staff at Serving Seniors, Inc. We specialize in offering services to the Senior Community in Syracuse and the surrounding area (Clay, Cicero, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Central Square and others). Call us today! 315-382-4300.
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