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Forgetfulness and confusion are not always signs of cognitive decline. They can also be side effects of an active retirement lifestyle. In the hustle and bustle of a busy life, we can all forget things. But when these behaviors persist, they can be early warning signs of Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. There are also health conditions that can cause these symptoms. A vitamin B deficiency, an undiagnosed infection, or an adverse reaction to medication can all cause health issues that mimic the signs of Alzheimer’s.
If you’ve started to notice some changes in a senior loved one, you may be worried that something is wrong. Is it a normal part of the aging process or is something else going on? The truth is, even the most experienced physicians can struggle to tell the difference.
For adults who are concerned about an aging parent’s health, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with their primary care physician. The doctor will conduct a complete physical exam, along with a memory screening test to determine if further testing is necessary.
Screening Tests for Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias
How will a physician screen a senior for a memory-related health condition? People are often surprised to learn that no single test will definitively diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, diagnosing Alzheimer’s is a process of eliminating other potential reasons a senior is experiencing symptoms.
There are several screenings that can help health care professionals detect the signs of cognitive decline. Here are two of the most widely used:
Other Memory Screening Options to Consider
If your senior loved one is resistant to scheduling an appointment with their physician, and many are, here are some other options to consider:
You might also find it helpful to download and review COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT: A guide to detect cognitive impairment quickly and efficiently during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. It outlines the process a senior’s physician will use to evaluate memory during their yearly wellness exam.
Memory Care at Sunrise
If your senior loved one does receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, there are a variety of options that will allow them to live their best quality of life despite their disease. One of these is a memory care program at Sunrise Senior Living. From memory-focused activities to dedicated dining spaces, it’s a long-term solution to explore for your loved one. Call (888) 434-4648 to learn more today!