3 Signs of Dementia

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Caregiver Charlotte NC, CHC News, Home Care Charlotte NC, Senior Services Charlotte NC | Comments Off on 3 Signs of Dementia

Dementia is a horrible condition in which a person loses their ability to think along with the ability to form new memories.  Memory loss worsens with time, and the changes that occur to the sufferer are alarming and heart-breaking for the family.  Comprehensive Home Care specializes in helping those who suffer from Dementia. Please contact us by calling 704-333-5214 or click here to send us an email.

Here are 3 signs of Dementia to watch out for: 

 Memory loss that interferes with or disrupts daily life or regular routines.  Forgetting recently learned information is a common early sign of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Relying on memory aids like post-it notes or electronic devices can also be interpreted as a sign of declining mental abilities; repeatedly asking for the same information and forgetting important dates or events may also suggest that a person is in the early stages of dementia.

Memory loss also includes the misplacement of items and a dramatic decrease in the ability to retrace steps.  While it is normal for a person to lose their glasses or their remote control every once in a while, a person with dementia will put items in unusual places and instead of realizing the item has been misplace, might accuse others living or working in the home of theft.  This sort of thing will happen more often as the disease progresses.

Difficulties in planning and problem solving.  People in the early stages of dementia might have problems developing and/or following plans, especially if numbers are concerned.  This change in ability might make it difficult to follow a recipe or keep track of paying bills.   A person with dementia will have a lot of difficulties concentrating even on the most familiar tasks.

Confusion with time and place.  It’s normal for most people to forget what day of the week it is or what the specific date is, however, we will recall it later.  However, with dementia, a person not only loses track of the passage of time, he or she will lose track of the date and even the seasons, and he or she will not remember these things later on.  Frighteningly, a person suffering from dementia may forget where he or she is and how he or she got there.

 

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