Symptoms of Dementia

Forgetting

 

Is your loved one repeating themselves or forgetting things they usually wouldn’t? It can be difficult when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia. But what if you’re unsure? “Does my loved one have dementia?” may run through your mind. Today, we will look at the most common signs and symptoms of dementia.

Memory/Cognitive

Forgetting everyday tasks: Is your mom forgetting to take care of her normal routines such as hair brushing or taking care of her teeth?

Having difficulty problem-solving: Is your loved one having a hard time solving an issue that generally they would have figured out very quickly?

Difficulty forming words and sentences: Are they not making sense when trying to form a sentence?

Having a hard time holding a conversation: Similar to forming words and sentences, does your loved one struggle to maintain a conversation and follow a story?

Personality

Changes in mood: Is your mom more irritable than usual or just not “herself”?

Anxiety: Are they worrying about things they never have or to a greater extent than usual?

Feelings of apathy: Is your loved one losing interest in activities and hobbies that used to bring them much joy?

All of these are things to look for when wondering if it’s time to see a doctor. If you (or a caregiver) think that your loved one is struggling with any of these, please see your doctor as soon as possible.

 

Note: This information is general in nature. It should not be construed as professional medical, financial, legal, or tax advice. You should work with your healthcare provider, financial, attorney, or tax professional to determine what will work best for you and your loved one’s situation. 


cloudnine staff writer

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