Early Warning Signs of Dementia
As more people are living longer, dementia is becoming more common in the population as a whole. It is one of the most common causes of disability among the old.
10 Early Warning Signs of Dementia
- Memory loss for recent or new information - repeats self frequently
- Difficulty doing familiar, but difficult tasks such as managing money, medications or driving
- Problems with word finding, mis-naming or mis-understanding
- Getting confused about time or place - getting lost while driving, missing several appointments
- Worsening judgment - not thinking things through like before
- Difficulty problem solving or reasoning
- Misplacing things or putting them in odd places
- Changes in mood or behavior.
- Changes in typical personality
- Loss of initiation - withdraws from normal patterns of activities and interests
Common Issues Related to Dementia
There is no known cure for dementia. There are many measures that can improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their caregivers. Cognitive and behavioral interventions may be appropriate. Educating and providing emotional support to the caregiver is important. Exercise programs may be beneficial with respect to activities of daily living and potentially improve outcomes.
- Not willing to go to the doctor
- Losing important things
- Getting lost
- Unsafe task performance
- Repeated calls and contacts
- Refusing help
- Being rude
- Bad mouthing you to others
- Making up stories
- Resisting or refusing care
- Use of drugs or alcohol to cope
- Making 911 calls
- Mixing day and night
- No solid sleep time
- Not following care/prescription plans
- Emotional meltdowns
- Swearing, racial slurs
- Not doing personal care
- Paranoid/delusional thinking
- Threatening caregivers
- Seeing things that aren't there
- Striking out at others
- Increase in falls and injuries
When dealing with difficult behaviors from someone with dementia, it’s important to remember that they are not deliberately being difficult. Our loved one’s sense of reality may now be different from ours, but it is still very real to him or her. As caregivers, we can’t change the person with dementia, but we can employ strategies to better accommodate any problem behaviors. For in-home care for a loved one with dementia call Heritage Senior Care at (800) 562-2734.
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