Early Signs of Dementia

Dementia is more than just memory loss and it is not actually a disease. It is a collection of symptoms that can be caused by various diseases. Symptoms of dementia include impairments in thinking, communicating and memory. The leading causes of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but can also be caused by brain damage from an injury or stroke, and from other diseases such as Huntington’s. If a loved one is experiencing some troubling memory problems, you might automatically assume that it is dementia. However, a person needs to have at least two types of impairment that are significant enough to interfere with everyday life  to be considered a dementia diagnosis, and therefore require Richfield assisted living.. In addition to remembering, the patient may also experience impairments in:

  • Language
  • Communication
  • Focus
  • Reasoning

Trouble with memory can be an early sign of dementia, but the changes are usually subtle and tend to affect short-term memory. Your loved one may be able to remember the past year’s events, but not what they had that morning for breakfast. Another early sign of dementia is difficulty communicating thoughts. They may find the right words but cannot seem to grasp them. Changes in mood are also common. Along with mood changes, a shift in personality could also occur. For example, your loved one could go from being very shy to extremely outgoing. Some obvious signs of confusion are missing car keys, forgetting what happens next in the day, or trying to remember who someone is. For someone in the early stages of dementia, the experience is frightening. That is what we are here for. Our state of the art luxury facility is welcoming and our staff offers compassionate care to put your mind at ease.