Mild memory issues are typically nothing to worry about as a person ages. However, with the growing Alzheimer’s epidemic, memory loss can be a concern for many families. What some people may not realize is that depression can often mimic the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. If you are troubled by early warning signs of Alzheimer’s in a family member, it is important to first rule out depression. The following are distinctions that set the two apart:
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease:
- Mental decline happens slowly
- The patient experiences confusion and disorientation, often becoming lost in familiar locations
- The patient has difficulty with short-term memory
- Writing, speaking and motor skills are impaired
- The patient does not notice memory problems or seem to care
Symptoms of Depression:
- Mental decline occurs relatively rapidly
- The patient knows the correct time and date, and recognizes his or her surroundings
- The patient has difficulty concentrating
- Language and motor skills are slow, but normal
- The patient notices and/or worries about his or her memory problems
If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease, contact your physician for a thorough diagnosis. For information about how to cope with Alzheimer’s disease and depression, or how your loved ones can remain safe and independent at home as they age, contact Live Free Home Health Care, the in home care Plymouth families trust. Our compassionate caregivers are specially trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia care by our on-staff Certified Dementia Practitioners. Caregivers learn the unique approach required to gently encourage someone with Alzheimer’s, using patience, specific activities, diversion and some shared laughter.
To learn more about our top-rated in home care services and how we can help, contact us today at 603-217-0149 to schedule a free in-home assessment.