One of the 10 Warning Signs of great concern to adult children of those with Alzheimer’s is the decrease in judgment apparent as the disease progresses.
This warning sign is more obvious if someone has always been really frugal and especially careful with their finances. Watch for sudden increases in spending or giving large sums of money away to perfect strangers who call or happen by the house. The key is whether this is unusual behavior and if so the risks should be discussed, not only related to financial issues but the personal risk of inviting a stranger into the house could be of concern as well.
Poor judgment isn’t limited to financial issues however. Decision making in general is affected and may include things like not wearing weather appropriate clothing, the inability to determine when it’s safe to cross a busy street, going for a walk alone or even being unable to choose from a large menu.
While sometimes all of us feel as if we’ve made a bad choice or misplaced trust in someone we shouldn’t, a person experiencing the eighth of the 10 Warning Signs will be unable to make decisions at all and the pattern of using poor judgment will only increase.
Knowing the 10 Warning Signs can help rule out what is typical and what isn’t. If you are worried about more than one change in yourself or someone you know, see your doctor. The Alzheimer’s Association can help. Call 800-272.3900.
Linda Bloom, MS, MBA has worked as Regional Director for the Southern Colorado office of the Alzheimer’s Association for the past two years serving 18 counties in the southeastern part of the state.