Can You Spot the Early Signs of Dementia
by Dane Cross
Dementia affects a large proportion of aging adults, most commonly occurring in people from the age of fifty plus. Learning to recognize the early signs of the disease is important when it comes to ensuring the safety of our aging family members and to make sure that their medical needs are met.
The occurrences that can signify the onset of dementia are often slow and quite subtle, but can be identified by those who know what to look for.
It is important to pay attention to small things that your aging relatives seem to be forgetting. Though many people have problems remembering things as they age, dementia will progress and gradually become more severe. The sooner we provide care for those with dementia, the less able they will be to unknowingly put themselves in harm’s way.
Dementia sufferers are typically unaware that they are suffering from the illness, which is why it is important for relatives to pay close attention to any warning signs.
- If an aging relative begins to forget the names of their family members or other people close to them, then this could be a strong indication.
- They may often feel confused – pausing for long periods of time in the midst of carrying out daily activities as they try to keep track of what they are doing.
- If an aging relative is getting confused often during regular activities, it is a good idea they receive a medical evaluation in order to identify what it is that’s causing the confusion, whether it be dementia or otherwise.
Many dementia sufferers struggle to remember parts of their typical daily schedule. For example, if an elderly person reads the morning newspaper every day and suddenly stops for no apparent reason, this could be a warning sign. Of course, it might not always be something as trivial as reading a newspaper – consistently forgetting to take medication at a certain time of day, forgetting to cook a meal, or simply not remembering how to perform everyday tasks they usually carry out with little ease or effort could all be early signs of dementia.
Paying attention and picking up on these signs will help the family to become aware of any problems that might indicate the onset of dementia. Depending on how severe the dementia is, a physician may recommend a care home as an option in order to ensure the well-being and safety of our relatives. These nursing homes make sure that all of their patients are able to function as much as possible, provided with opportunities for social interaction as well as participate in daily activities that allow them to enjoy a high quality of life.