The changes in someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia tend to happen gradually over time. It becomes noticeable that they repeat comments or questions in a 10 minute conversation or forget names of family/friends they’ve known for years. A loved one may not be able to retain new information or they may forget the steps to make a familiar recipe, play a favorite game or finish a hobby project. If you’ve noticed these changes in a loved one and have concerns about what may be going on, check out this article from the Alzheimer’s Association. The signs and symptoms listed are compared with what to expect from normal aging changes.
If you are a caregiver to a loved one with dementia you are not alone. Interfaith Caregivers offers a support group for caregivers of loved ones or friends experiencing dementia. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10 am at the Interfaith Office, 301 North Main Street, Blue Earth. If you have questions, call 507526-4684.
Merry, Caregiver Consultant