No one wants an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, but as the disease becomes more prevalent in America, many of us find ourselves on the lookout for signs of Alzheimer’s in our senior loved ones and even ourselves. If you notice early warning signs of Alzheimer’s in a family member, it is important to first rule out depression, as the two can have similar symptoms. Take a look at their subtle differences:
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease:
- Mental decline happens slowly
- The patient experiences confusion and disorientation, often becoming lost in familiar locations
- Patient has difficulty with short-term memory
- Writing, speaking and motor skills are impaired
- Patient does not notice memory problems or seem to care
Symptoms of Depression:
- Mental decline occurs relatively rapidly
- Patient knows the correct time and date, and recognizes his or her surroundings
- Patient has difficulty concentrating
- Language and motor skills are slow, but normal
- Patient notices and/or worries about his or her memory problems
As always, if you are concerned, consult your loved one’s physician. If you are caring for a senior loved one with either Alzheimer’s or depression, Partners in HealthCare of Orlando, FL can help! Contact us to learn more about our home care services for elderly individuals and how they can help your family.
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