Is your senior loved one demonstrating symptoms of dementia? Read below for some basic information on dementia, which is not a specific disease, but rather an overall term that describes a range of symptoms related to memory and cognitive decline. The decline is serious enough to interfere with daily life activities.
Alzheimer’s is one type of dementia, accounting for the majority of dementia cases. The disease causes memory, behavior, and thinking problems that become more severe over time.
Symptoms of dementia can vary a great deal, so at least two of the following fundamental mental functions must be impaired substantially in order to qualify as dementia:
- reasoning and judgment
- visual perception
- ability to focus and pay attention
- communication and language
Those with dementia may find their short-term memory compromised. For example, they may have problems remembering appointments, paying the bills, planning and preparing meals, or keeping track of keys.
Memory loss by itself, though, does not automatically mean the person has dementia, because there are many different causes of memory trouble.
Many forms of dementia are progressive (symptoms begin slowly and gradually worsen). When you notice a loved one experiencing cognitive decline or memory trouble, see a physician as soon as possible. Don’t ignore the warning signs, especially because it may be a treatable condition. Prompt and early diagnosis of dementia allows the person to derive the maximum benefits from treatments available. Knowing also provides time for your family to discuss issues and concerns, process feelings, and plan for the future.
Remember, care and support services are available to help your senior loved one and your family deal with dementia. Champion Brevard Home Health Care’s skilled nursing services include Alzheimer’s and dementia specialists. Contact Champion Brevard Home Health Care today so we can help.