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What Are the Signs of Dementia?

Dementia is the common term for loss of memory, problem-solving or language. It affects other thinking abilities as well and is severe enough to interfere with daily life. The most frequent cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

Memory problems will occur as you age, but how much forgetfulness is reason to worry? Does cognitive function always get worse as one ages? The Alzheimer’s Association says “no.” Cognitive decline may be dementia or another illness which doctors can identify and support. The symptoms of dementia will vary from person to person due to the area of brain affected and the stage of dementia.

How do you know if your memory lapses are typical forgetfulness and within the scope of normal aging or are signs of Alzheimer’s or other memory-impairing illnesses? In order to receive a diagnosis, you normally have to experience two or more of the symptoms listed here and these would have to be severe enough to interfere with daily life. The 10 early signs of dementia according to Medical News Today are:

  1. Loss of memory
  2. Trouble problem-solving
  3. Difficulty with familiar tasks
  4. Confusion about time or place
  5. Understanding visual information
  6. Speaking or writing mistakes
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Poor judgement
  9. Social withdrawal
  10. Personality change

If you or your loved one experiences any of these signs, speak to your physician. Although there is no cure for dementia yet, a senior’s life can be improved with a doctor’s assistance and residing in a memory care community which can slow the progression and ease the symptoms of the disease.

Think of Us as Your Dementia Resource.

The memory care services at Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center can brighten the life of your loved one who suffers memory loss. We would welcome the opportunity to consult with you and give you an overview of our customized care, uplifting amenities and innovative programs. Together, we can determine the best dementia care plan for your loved one. Schedule an appointment to visit at your convenience.