As of today, there are over half a million Canadians living with dementia - plus about 25,000 new cases diagnosed every year. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 per cent. Detecting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease as early as possible can be critical to provide appropriate care and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Family and friends can play a vital role in recognizing and calling attention to these changes in behavior, especially for older adults who live alone.While celebrating with loved ones this holiday season, Home Instead Senior Care encourages everyone to become more familiar with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia, to be more aware so that critical warning signs are not overlooked.Although many are aware that Alzheimer’s disease affects a person’s memory, there are several other lesser known indicators that commonly go unnoticed such as notable changes in mood or personality, difficulty completing familiar tasks, trouble pronouncing words or writing, and increased anxiety.
People get wrapped up in the holidays and can miss important signs that a family member needs help – and doesn’t even know it. This holiday season, be mindful of the following signs a loved one is struggling.
It’s important that we walk alongside our loved ones in the aging process to ensure they are living safe and healthy lives. This holiday season, consider the signs that may indicate early-onset or developed Alzheimer’s disease and talk to your senior relative or their caregiver about ways to accommodate their symptoms. For additional tips and resources on spotting the signs of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, visit
www.HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.ca or, contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office or