It’s not always easy to distinguish between natural memory loss due to aging and memory loss due to dementia. How can you say that what is happening to your senior loved one is normal? When can you say that what you are witnessing are already signs of dementia?
Below we’ve put together a list of the most common warning signs to look out for. One or more of these may tell you that it’s time to seek help from a medical professional and possibly, hire a caregiver to provide in-home dementia care.
1. Memory Loss
This is the most common symptom of dementia. Individuals will have trouble with their short-term memory – forgetting what they were talking about or where they were going – but also their long-term memory. They will start to forget important things about themselves or their family and friends. If dementia has progressed enough they could also start to forget what their familiars look like, and eventually they won’t recognize them anymore.
2. Difficulty following & solving problems or doing familiar tasks
If they’re finding it troublesome to complete tasks that were second nature to them before, this could be signs of dementia. They may also struggle to learn new things or following instructions, routines, etc. in general.
3. Getting confused
This ties in with the fading memory. They will struggle to express themselves or suddenly forget what they were busy doing mid-way through doing it.
People who are suffering from early signs of dementia also get confused with time and place. They will frequently forget the time and day. Particularly if no one can provide focused assistance to a senior loved one, hiring a caregiver to provide in-home dementia care is your best option.
4. Trouble with speaking or writing
Engaging in conversations is also difficult for someone who has dementia. They have trouble joining a conversation or they suddenly can’t remember what they are saying. Additionally, they easily forget what someone has just said. Their grammar and spelling may also be affected, as well as reading other people’s handwriting.
5. Lack of interest in hobbies and activities
Apathy happens to people who are suffering from early dementia. They lose interest in the things they used to do or even their hobbies. You may see them as emotionally flat as they do not want to socialize anymore. They’ve lost interest even to spend time with family and friends.
According to HealthinAging.org, about 7% of adults with ages 60 and older go through dementia. If your senior loved one is one of them, it is difficult for you or any family member to provide care. However, visiting a medical professional can ease the process. Additionally, getting specialized senior care, such as hiring the services of a caregiver to provide in-home dementia care, can help them live safely and comfortably at home. Contact us today.