Dementia is one of the most devastating conditions affecting seniors which ultimately results in the loss of cognitive function.
There’s no cure for dementia nor the two leading diseases that lead to dementia which are Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia. Treatments do exist to slow the effects and make life a bit more manageable, but in order to be most effective, they must be implemented early on.
As a Brandon elder lawyer, I feel it’s important to talk about some of the most common warning signs so that you have time to exercise as many options as possible.
Memory loss probably comes to your mind first, and the devastation of watching a family member fail to recognize us runs deep. That type of memory loss typically occurs in the end stages of the disease. Early signs can be a simple as forgetting where a senior placed something or what they ate for breakfast.
Confusion goes with the memory loss: when we can’t remember something, we become confused and sometimes aggravated. With the confusion and memory-loss, seniors with dementia can repeat things they’ve said just minutes after they said them.
Likewise, mood changes in those suffering with dementia can range from major depressive episodes to drastic personality shifts. The cognitive impairment associated with the disease affects judgement and can cause people to act differently. Monitoring mood and personality for shifts and changes can help in diagnosing dementia.
Finally, if the senior in your life starts getting lost, especially while driving in familiar neighborhoods with well-known landmarks, it could be a warning sign of dementia–and perhaps time to take over the driving responsibility.
Are you currently caring for a senior with dementia? Or have you noticed some of these signs in an older family member? Feel free to contact us at (813) 438-8503 to set up a consultation to talk about your options for helping your loved one approach the disease and get their affairs in order.