Some of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are much more obvious than others. Most people know that gaps in memory and confusion could be signs of cognitive decline in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Fewer people realize that there are other warning signs beyond overt confusion and obvious memory issues that could be early indications that your loved one will soon need help.
Watch out for personality changes and social withdrawal
When someone’s brain changes, the way they act and speak will change as well. People in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease might experience a change in their general mood or personality. They may struggle with making decisions or following an established routine.
They could go from being a happy and upbeat person to someone who is now very pessimistic. They may also stop going out to see friends and family or start refusing visitors and phone calls because they feel embarrassed about how they have changed. They may know that something isn’t right and want to hide their symptoms.
Early detection can mean more protection for your loved one
If your aging loved one has a power of attorney in place that allows you to pay their bills on their behalf, Alzheimer’s disease could affect your ability to continue providing that assistance. Standard power of attorney authority ends when someone is no longer competent to make legal decisions on their own behalf.
Identifying the early signs of Alzheimer’s can help you take steps to protect your loved one, like seeking guardianship so that you can continue to take care of them by managing financial and medical decisions for them.