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Tips for the Familial Caregiver: How to Spot Dementia

Jan 12, 2017 by Diane Genovese

If you are acting as a familial caregiver to a senior loved one, then you already have a great deal of responsibility on your plate. However, in addition to providing day-to-day care for your loved one, you will also need to be on the lookout for other additional issues and ailments that may be forming. Most notably, you will want to look for the signs and symptoms of dementia.

Dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease, is extremely common in the senior community and it only gets more prevalent as seniors continue to age. While there is no cure for dementia, there are ways that seniors can manage their symptoms so they can enjoy a better quality of life. However, the first step in getting this type of care is spotting the signs of dementia.

Here are a few things that any family caregiver can look for when it comes to spotting the signs of dementia:

  • Struggling with abstract thinking
  • Issues in forgetting simple words or phrases
  • Being disoriented, especially with the current time or place
  • Having poor or decreased judgement, such as wearing shorts in the middle of winter
  • Forgetting major things like family members
  • Having challenges in performing familiar, everyday tasks
  • Changes in personality
  • Extreme changes in mood or behavior
  • Misplacing things or putting the wrong item in the wrong place (like clothes in the oven)
  • Challenges with numbers or simple addition
  • Being very confused or suspicious of others

Keep these warning sings in mind, the earlier you are able to notice changes in your loved one, the better off they will be. As a caregiver it is one of the best things that you can do to help make sure your senior loved one is getting the care and attention that they deserve during this phase of their life.

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