While you may have a vague understanding of what dementia is, you might not realize that the term refers to more than one type of condition. There are a variety of dementia types, with the most common one being Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia occurs when the nerve cells in an individual’s brain no longer work or work properly. While nerve cells no longer working are often a typical part of the aging process, this deterioration usually happens faster in people who have any type of dementia.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for dementia as of yet. By getting a doctor involved early when you notice your loved one exhibiting signs of memory loss or dementia, it is possible to slow its progression. The key is to know the signs and to take fast action on behalf of our loved one. In general, a person will need to experience at least two of the following lifestyle-impairing symptoms to receive a dementia diagnosis.
How to Spot Memory Loss:
- Changes in Short-Term Memory
If a person experiences changes in their short-term memory, it could be a sign of more wide-ranging memory loss on the road ahead. People suffering from short-term memory loss might be able to recall events that happened decades ago, but they might not remember what they did earlier in the day.
- Trouble Following Plans and Solving Problems
Memory loss may rear its ugly head in the form of a person struggling to follow a plan such as a simple recipe to make dinner. It can also make it hard for the individual to solve simple math problems when paying bills.
- Difficulty Completing Routine Tasks
Dementia can make it troublesome for people to complete routine tasks they’ve done many times, such as driving to a familiar location or even making a cup of tea or coffee.
- Confusion about Time and/or Place
Memory loss often makes it hard for someone to judge the passage of time. It can also cause a person to forget where they are regardless of whether the individual is at home, work, or the grocery store.
- Problems with Processing Visual Information
People with memory issues may find it challenging to process visual information, which can impair their ability to read, estimate distances, identify colors, ride a bike, or operate an automobile.
- Trouble Speaking or Writing
Struggling to find the right words and not being able to remember what someone just said are common problems for individuals experiencing memory loss. Difficulty with writing and worsening handwriting are additional issues that people with dementia experience all too often.
- Misplacing Everyday Objects
Individuals with dementia frequently misplace everyday objects like their keys and are unable to remember where they left them. This may cause them to accuse others of stealing.
- Impaired Ability to Make Decisions
A compromised memory can impair a person’s ability to make big and small decisions. It may also lead to worsening hygiene over time if a person chooses to not care for themselves as well as they used to.
If your loved one has stopped participating in social situations, it may be a sign your family member or friend is experiencing memory loss.
- Mood Swings or Personality Changes
Moods swings and personality changes are signs that a person is suffering from memory loss. These changes can be particularly difficult for loved ones to witness if dementia causes the individual to act inappropriately.
Dementia Memory Care at NewAldaya Lifescapes
NewAldaya Lifescapes was founded to serve seniors living in Cedar Falls, IA, and surrounding areas more than 60 years ago. We’ve proudly provided memory care for our community’s older residents for generations, and we’ll be happy to do the same for your loved one if the need arises.
To learn more about the dementia memory care we provide and the living arrangements we offer, which include assisted living, contact NewAldaya Lifescapes now.