Warning Signs of Dementia, pt. 1 

What is dementia? 

Dementia is a catch-all term for changes in the brain that cause a loss of functioning that interferes with daily life. It can diminish focus, attention, language skills, problem-solving and visual perception. Dementia can also make it difficult for a person to control his or her emotions and can even lead to personality changes.

If someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s important to see a medical expert who can conduct tests and come up with a diagnosis. Several often treatable conditions — from common infections to a vitamin deficiency — can cause dementia-like symptoms, so it’s necessary to rule them out first.

Here are some (part 1) symptoms to watch for: 

1. Difficulty with everyday tasks: Everyone makes mistakes, but people with dementia may find it increasingly difficult to do things like keep track of monthly bills or follow a recipe while cooking. They may also find it hard to concentrate on tasks, take much longer to do them or have trouble finishing them.

2. Repetition: Asking a question over and over or telling the same story about a recent event multiple times are common indicators of mild or moderate Alzheimer’s.

3. Communication problems: Observe if a loved one has trouble joining in conversations or following along with them, stops abruptly in the middle of a thought, or struggles to think of words or the name of objects.

4. Getting lost: People with dementia may have difficulty with visual and spatial abilities. That can manifest itself in problems like getting lost while driving.

5. Personality changes: A loved one who begins acting unusually anxious, confused, fearful or suspicious, or who becomes upset easily and seems depressed, is cause for concern.

JD Miller

About JD Miller

John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: [email protected] Website: https://homecarepartnersma.com

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