Signs Your Loved One May Have Dementia
It is difficult to admit a loved one is getting older, but even more difficult to admit they may be suffering from dementia. Yet, recognizing the early signs of dementia could mean a greater chance of treatment that could slow or even stop the progression.
What to Look For
Because dementia is not a specific disease, but a wide range of symptoms, you may contribute any signs to the aging process. Be alert for symptoms that are not a part of normal aging:
- Severe memory loss
- Impaired judgment
- Difficulty with reasoning
- Loss of ability to communicate effectively
- Difficulty with abstract thinking
- Paranoia and/or agitation
- Changes in mood or behavior, often negative
- Problems with motor skills and balance
- Neglect of personal care and hygiene
You may notice your loved one is asking the same question over and over. They may find it difficult to follow directions or take care of everyday tasks. They may also experience disorientation, even in a familiar place.
Symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, and not all memory loss is a sign of dementia. If you feel that your elderly loved one is having trouble meeting the demands of daily life due to mental decline, the best course of action is to seek help from a medical professional.
Compassionate Dementia Care for Your Elderly Loved One in Albuquerque, NM
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