Recognizing the Signs of Dementia
The signs of dementia or Alzheimer's disease aren't always easy to spot, especially if you don't have regular contact with your elderly loved one. It's common to see unusual behavior and chalk it up to eccentricity. In elderly couples, it's also common for the healthier person to attempt to hide the spouse's condition from others.
The Alzheimer's Association offers a number of resources that can help with the difficult tasks of assessing a loved one's behavior, including The Ten Signs, a detailed checklist that provides room to document your concerns and take them to your loved one's doctor.
The earlier you can address the problem with your loved one, the more options you--and they--will have for the future.~