8 Symptoms of Dementia or Early Alzheimer’s
Has your aging parent been acting a bit “off” compared to their normal behavior? Perhaps getting lost on familiar streets in your neighborhood or maybe repeating stories they just told you ten minutes ago? If so, these may or may not be early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Very often, memory loss can be attributed to getting older; however when dementia sets in it can become difficult for loved ones if they do not understand what is going on with their parent’s mind. First, let’s go over the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, in case you are just discovering this for the first time.
Dementia is a cluster of symptoms that may include: short-term memory loss, unclear thinking or reasoning, hindered problem-solving ability, repeating sentences or phrases over and over again, getting lost easily or misplacing items (which also falls under the forgetfulness category). Alzheimer’s is not always caused by dementia, or vice versa. It is a progressive disease that attacks the mind, which can be hard to distinguish when other age-related problems occur.
Here are 8 signs your aging relative may need to be checked by a physician for Alzheimer’s or dementia:
We all have failed memories from time to time, where we might misplace our keys or forget a name of someone we worked with just last year. But when your aging loved one does some of the odd and peculiar things that are associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia, it would be wise to seek professional advice from your family doctor. Take your aging parent in for an evaluation so they can get a genuine assessment for this common disease.
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