As people age, there is a tendency to become more forgetful. While people often joke about those “senior moments,” many people may wonder if they’re simply having a forgetful moment or if they’re experiencing the early stages of dementia. For employees at board and care homes in Woodland Hills, for example, this can be a very real fear because they work with Alzheimer’s sufferers on a daily basis and are therefore more in tune with the warning signs.

Fortunately for employees of senior assisted living homes in Woodland Hills and throughout the world, there is an excellent resource at the Alzheimersreadingroom which gives 10 early warning signs that those forgetful moments could indeed be Alzheimer’s versus a list of forgetful moments which really aren’t that serious. Senior board and care homes in Woodland Hills should take special heed of these warnings to ensure that their staff are healthy, functioning and providing the best quality of service.

Memory loss disrupts daily life. Forgetting an appointment and remembering later is not necessarily a bad thing. Watch out if you find yourself repeatedly asking for someone’s name and still not being able to remember it.

Difficulty in making plans or solving problems. If you’re forgetting to pay bills or each numerical task is taking longer than it used to, this could be a problem.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks. If something that you used to do every day is suddenly becoming difficult enough that you need to ask for help, there could be an issue.

Being confused about time and place. Sometimes forgetting the day of the week is normal, but constant confusion about dates and timeframes could signal Alzheimer’s disease.

Not understanding visual cues or special relationships. Employees at elderly assisted living homes in Woodland Hills should be able to observe this one quite easily both in themselves and their residents. For example, people having a hard time reading, identifying colors or judging distance may be experiencing the onset of dementia. If the person in question is driving, then this can be especially serious.

Vocabulary problems. Persistent difficulty in identifying the right word to use or naming an object is something to be concerned about.

Losing things and getting lost. If you find yourself blaming people for stealing items or getting turned around and somewhat lost in the grocery store, this could be an issue. This is especially important for employees at board and care homes in Woodland Hills because a false accusation could lead to the employee being punished or even fired.

Poor judgment or grooming. If someone starts making decisions that seem out of the ordinary, or their grooming habits start to slacken, a problem could be in the works. This is something relatively simple for senior assisted living homes to track because of regular grooming schedules.

Withdrawal from social activities. Someone experiencing early dementia is likely to withdraw from activities that they have a hard time remembering how to do. If a loved one exhibits this behavior it may be time to take a closer look at the behaviors.

Mood and personality changes. While it’s typical for people advanced in age to be somewhat set in their ways, look out for sudden shifts in mood where the person becomes upset more easily than usual or appears excessively anxious, confused, suspicious or depressed. Because the employees at senior board and care homes get to see residents on such a regular basis, signs like these should be relatively easy to detect.

At Shalom Elderly Care in Woodland Hills, our staff are extremely well trained in not only watching for signs of Alzheimer’s but knowing how to treat a resident who has been officially diagnosed.  As your loved one gets older, do not hesitate to have them tested.  Our Shalom staff are here to answer any questions you may have so please take our virtual tour or call us today at 818.883.8384