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Recognizing Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Memory Impairment

Posted by CaraVita Staff on February 1 2019

CaraVita Home Care Recognizing Memory Impairment
Seniors may face a multitude of changes at this stage in life, including changes in memory. It's perfectly reasonable for older adults to forget an appointment or medication now and then, but when is it considered memory impairment? At CaraVita, we know that it's not easy to always monitor your loved ones, but we want to emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind.

When you begin to notice that your loved one is experiencing signs of memory loss, it can be a frightening thing to handle. Knowing which symptoms are severe and which are trivial can be the critical difference between catching a severe cognitive impairment issue and missing it entirely.

If you believe that your loved one is experiencing an issue with memory impairment, we recommend seeking professional medical attention and considering Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Mild cognitive impairment is considered to be a stage between normal forgetfulness and a severe memory condition. It is common for people to overlook this condition because it can be mistaken for simply “being forgetful.” If you're loved one seems relatively rational, but they forget things frequently, they may be experiencing mild cognitive impairment.

Some of the signs of the condition are:

  • Frequently misplacing belongings
  • Trouble remembering names
  • Difficulty following a lengthy conversation
  • Forgetting appointments and events

 

Although some of these signs are common among younger people as well, it’s better to seek medical attention and ask about memory impairment than to assume its normal behavior. Speak with your loved one and discuss your concern for their well-being to get the conversation started today.

Dementia

In 2015, as many as 47 million people in the world had dementia, and there is a new case of the condition every three seconds. Dementia is a severe impairment or loss of intellectual capacity and personality integration, due to the loss of or damage to neurons in the brain. Many people know dementia as having a “dead brain.”

CaraVita Home Care Recognizing Dementia, Alzheimer's, and Memory ImpairmentThe signs of dementia are very similar to someone who has Alzheimer's because Alzheimer’s Disease is a specialized form of dementia. However, dementia is a broad spectrum and includes other conditions like vascular dementia, which can include additional symptoms of stroke-like behavior like weakness in the muscles or partial paralysis.

Because dementia includes physical symptoms, it can be hazardous if your loved one does not seek medical attention. We recommend Alzheimer's and dementia care for any older adults that are currently battling with the condition.

Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, almost six million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. With numbers like these, it’s no wonder why the disease has come more into the public eye.

Alzheimer’s can be a debilitating condition that many seniors face on a daily basis. Alzheimer’s is a prevalent form of dementia that is extremely challenging to endure. Watching your loved one struggle with the disease can be difficult and frustrating. If you believe that your loved one has Alzheimer’s, you should look for some of these warning signs.

Do they…

  • Find daily tasks challenging?
  • Frequently confuse times and places?
  • Find holding a conversation frustrating?
  • Seem unable to plan or solve problems?
  • Experience changes in mood?
  • Have increased instances of poor judgment?

 

Alzheimer's has very distinct signs that normal forgetfulness does not exhibit. If your loved one is ever unsure of where they are or what they’re doing, they may have Alzheimer's. Because these symptoms are dangerous in many cases, we recommend that you seek professional attention immediately to avoid the risk of injury.

Helping your loved one cope with their memory impairment can be difficult, but it's much more challenging to be the one experiencing the condition. Don't wait any longer. Start talking with your loved one about mental health and express any concerns with you may have with their health as soon as possible. If you're unsure of what to do, speak with a doctor and ask for recommendations on how to start the discussion about mental health with your loved one.

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