Here begins a 5 week blog series on dementia. We hope you joins us and be sure to share any questions, comments and experiences with the community.
What are some common symptoms of Dementia? How to recognize dementia vs Alzheimer's?
There are two types of symptoms: cognitive (related to thinking) and psychological changes.
Causes of Memory Loss
It is important to note that not all of these symptoms demonstrate a clear diagnosis of dementia. For example, some medications can cause memory loss and/or behavioral changes. So can stress, and a lack of sleep.
Discussing the issue with your doctor could mean a switch to a similar medication but without the same side effect. Stress management techniques and focusing on a person’s sleep routine could lead to improvement.
Progression of the Condition
If you notice your own memory failing, or see a loved one exhibiting more and more symptoms, it is likely to be dementia - in which case, you would need to see a doctor for a definitive diagnosis.
Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
As the population in the West ages, many people are concerned about developing Alzheimer’s. They can often become disturbed by changes in their memory and fear the worst. But not all dementia is Alzheimer’s. Here are some warning signs to watch out for in yourself or a loved one.
The memory loss is so severe, it disrupts daily activities
In this case, the person is unable to remember simple things or do their regular daily activities easily. They start to become more dependent and unable to handle things on their own.
The person has trouble with planning and simple tasks
Many older people find themselves having trouble managing their finances and paying bills, following recipes, and taking much longer than usual to complete simple tasks.
Becoming challenged by technology
The person finds it hard to use tools they usually have no problems with, such as a computer or microwave.
Confusion with the time or space
They lose track of hours and days and are often confused about where they are and how they got there.
There are a number of tests a doctor can administer which will reveal typical vision distortion and other issues suffered by those with Alzheimer’s.
Trouble speaking or writing
A person with Alzheimer’s will start to lose their words and will also have trouble following conversations.
As a result of psychological changes and trouble communicating, those with Alzheimer’s often withdraw from family and friends, which can actually worsen their condition.
The person will often lose things like keys and money.
Decreased or poor judgment
People with Alzheimer's may also experience changes in judgment or decision making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, such as giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.
Changes in mood
The most common change is depression, but it might also be anxiety or aggression.
These signs and symptoms can help identify Alzheimer's and other dementia so that the best possible help can be sought.
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Please join us for the next five weeks for the blog series on the topic of dementia.
This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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