When to Schedule a Test for Alzheimer’s and Next Steps

Can’t remember what day of the week it is? Relax,  that’s not Alzheimer’s – especially if it pops into your head a few moments later.  Recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s and knowing when and how to take action increases the potential for easing symptoms and ensuring a better quality of life.  It also opens you or your loved one for clinical trials. 

An inability to recall a word or where you put your keys is typical of an age-related issue. However, if you or a loved one place the keys in the refrigerator or refer to a watch as a hand clock, then it may be time to see your physician for a diagnosis. Usually, a spouse or partner is the first to pick up signs that something is different, and learning how to address a delicate subject is essential. 

The first step with early symptoms of Alzheimer’s is communication. If you begin a dialog with a loved one before the disease worsens, you may reduce the anxiety associated with discussing it. Also, learning the correct ways to address it will help all parties involved.  Luckily for you and your loved one, the tools to help the process are available.