Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can help you or your loved one get early treatment and arrange for additional services that may be needed. A correct diagnosis will also help eliminate other causes, some of which may be treatable.
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The following are some common signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s to look out for:
Memory loss that disrupts daily life is the most common symptom of dementia. Look for problems with short-term memory, such as forgetting things that were just learned and asking the same questions repeatedly.
Losing Items in Unusual Places
It’s not uncommon to lose things, even if you don’t have dementia. People with dementia may misplace things in unusual places, however. For example, they may mistakenly put their wallet in the refrigerator.
People who have dementia may experience psychological changes such as being paranoid or suffering hallucinations. They may also exhibit uncharacteristic mood swings and inappropriate behavior.
Trouble with Accomplishing Routine Tasks
Routine tasks such as paying bills may become difficult. Preparing and planning a meal – even one that’s been easily made many times before – can also pose a problem.
Dementia can cause people to lose track of time. They may get lost, even when going to places they’ve been many times before.
A person with dementia may suddenly lose track of what they were saying and forget the right word to use. They may also repeat themselves and find that they’re unable to follow along with a conversation.
Dementia can cause changes in judgment and decision-making. Someone who’s always been responsible with money may neglect to pay bills or be easily tricked into handing over large amounts of money to strangers. Their personal hygiene may also suffer as they fail to follow regular bathing and grooming habits.
A person with dementia may withdraw socially and lose interest in work, friends, family, and hobbies that he or she has enjoyed in the past. As other changes become more pronounced, withdrawal may also become more common as well.
For more information about detecting the signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s, contact Sarasota Bay Club. We support and work with the Alzheimer’s Association, including participating in and raising funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Check out some pictures from last year's Walk here!