Alzheimerʼs Association has posted the 10 warning signs to watch out for if you or someone you love may be wondering if they have Alzheimer’s disease. Memory loss that may interfere with daily life is not a typical part of aging according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Here are the 10 signs:
1. Forgetting recently learned information and forgetting important dates or events. A typical age-related change is sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but then remembering them later.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. To make occasional errors when balancing a checkbook is typical of aging adults.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks; such as, remembering the rules to a favorite game. Needing help with newer technology is a typical age-related change.
4. Confusion with time or place, they may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Typical age-related change is getting confused about the day or the week but figuring it out later.
5. Understanding visual images and spatial relationships such as judging distances. Typical age-related change is vision changes related to cataracts.
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing like calling a watch a hand clock. Typical age-related change is sometimes having trouble finding the right word.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Like putting the water bottle in the linen closet and being unable to retrace their steps to find the water bottle. Misplacing your glasses is a typical age-related change.
8. Decreased or poor judgment. Giving large amounts of money to telemarketers and ignoring common hygiene. Making a bad decision once in a while is typical age related change.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. Feeling occasionally weary of work, family and social obligations is typical age-related change.
10. Changes in mood and personality. People with Alzheimer’s can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. Becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted is typical age-related change.
Most Americans that are age 65 or older have Medicare as their senior health plan.
Medicare will cover for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment for Alzheimerʼs disease it will not cover:
- over-the-counter nutritional supplements (vitamins, Ginkgo biloba)
- adult day care
- respite care (except as provided under the home health care benefit)
- personal aide assistance (except as provided under the home health care benefit)
- custodial care in a nursing home
- incontinence supplies
- experimental treatment
Under the age of 65? If your health plan is an individual plan or a group plan, be sure to check your policy or call your carrier to see what benefits you have.