Does My Parent Have Alzheimer’s disease?
Each year a million people begin to recognize they have a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) i.e. memory loss. Although, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, memory loss can decline due to:
- Delirium (confusion due to infection, medication, acute illness)
- Depression (may include memory problems)
- Urinary tract infection
- Vitamin B 12 deficiency
- Thyroid problems
Especially, if the memory loss or confusion occurs rapidly, this may indicate the above systems rather than Alzheimer’s disease. Generally, Alzheimer’s disease is a slow decline of cognition abilities.
Consequently, contact a neurologist or a geriatrician to evaluate your loved one.
Unfortunately, if dementia is diagnosed, there is no known cure. However, there are medications that may slow the Alzheimer’s diseases’ progression. Therefore, if you suspect your parent has dementia rather than “aging” early intervention is the key.
We at Senior Life Care Planning understand that this is a traumatic time for you and your parents. However, you are not alone. We provide information and support, along this process, to you and your loved ones. Additionally, there are books, support groups, Alzheimer’s Association, and others who have gone through this before you to help you.Tags: aging parents, Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, diagnosis, geriatrician, mild cognitive impairment, neurologist