When we are caring for a loved one sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between memory loss, age-related changes or more serious signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association has created a short list of early signs to look for with your loved ones:

  1. Memory Changes
  2. Challenges in solving problems or planning
  3. Losing or misplacing things
  4. Unpredictable moods
  5. Shortened attention span
  6. Forgetfulness and confusion
  7. Losing the desire to try new things or meet new people

It can be a very challenging time when you are dealing with the emotional and/or physical health issues of a loved one you are caring for.

Try to make your own health a priority

Yoga and meditation can help you to reduce stress.  Try maintaining a healthy diet.

Recognize signs of exhaustion and depression

If you are experiencing these feelings, even mildly, do not delay in reaching out for help.

Allow others to help as part of your caregiving team

Let friends or family members know how helpful it would be to provide some meals or light cleaning, or assist with Dr. appointments.  This may offer you some personal time that is much needed.  Even if it is only an hour.

Having all the right tools will help

Moving cumbersome rugs and furniture for better mobility for your loved one, having portable potties, grab bars, hand-held shower heads, shower seats, dishware in lower cabinets for ease of reaching, having these devices and equipment can make it easier for you and your loved one.