Alzheimer’s or Depression? Here’s How to Tell the Difference.


Posted on August 11th, by Mark Winter in Alzheimer's. No Comments

Alzheimer’s or Depression? Here’s How to Tell the Difference.

Hugging a loved on in a wheelchairIn our last blog, we outlined the warning signs that could point to Alzheimer’s. It’s important to note, however, that a number of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s are strikingly similar to those of depression. In order to receive proper treatment, it’s crucial to accurately document which, if any, of the symptoms below are being exhibited by your loved one, and share that information with his or her physician:

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease:

  • Mental decline happens slowly
  • The patient experiences confusion and disorientation, often becoming lost in familiar locations
  • Patient has difficulty with short-term memory
  • Writing, speaking and motor skills are impaired
  • Patient does not notice memory problems or seem to care

Symptoms of Depression:

  • Mental decline occurs relatively rapidly
  • Patient knows the correct time and date, and recognizes his or her surroundings
  • Patient has difficulty concentrating
  • Language and motor skills are slow, but normal
  • Patient notices and/or worries about his or her memory problems

Whether it’s depression, dementia, or something altogether different causing concern, call on the aging care experts at Hired Hands Homecare for customized home care specific to your family’s needs. Our California in-home care services can include:

  • Planning and preparing healthy meals
  • Light housekeeping
  • Transportation and accompaniment to appointments, errands, etc.
  • Assistance with personal hygiene
  • Companionship and enriching activities
  • And much, much more, including a full range of specialized dementia services

We’re here for you any time and are just a phone call away at 866-940-4343. Contact us to share your story and to learn how we can be a part of the solution.





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