Growing older can be a difficult journey to embrace. Whether you are personally going through it or you’ve watched family members or mentors, age takes its toll in various ways. Unfortunately, one of the common conditions brought on by age is dementia. In fact, about 47.5 million Americans currently have dementia, with a staggering 7.7 million new cases each year. With these numbers accumulating so quickly, it’s important to be aware of some of the early indicators of on setting dementia. Let’s go through the common symptoms associated with dementia, and what to do once you identify them.
Though you may not consider this a symptom, frequent falls can be more alarming than you think. After a study was done in 2011 regarding the correlation between falling and alzheimer’s (the leading cause of dementia), statistics showed an alarming thread that connected the two. Though it is important to note that not everyone with dementia has alzheimer’s, frequent falling can be a dangerous indicator of many dementia-related illnesses as well. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing frequent falling, get evaluated through your primary care physician.
Lower Motor Function
One of the symptoms associated with more developed stages of dementia is the declining of motor function ability. Difficulty with putting thoughts into word or having trouble speaking
Commonly known as a sign of dementia is the increasing symptom of forgetfulness. This is a tricky indicator of dementia and can be affiliated with different illnesses, and can even be caused by multiple things. When this symptom sets in, victims will not only lose the recall of a specific word, but what an object may be used for is common as well. As age continues to progress, be aware that the victim can be extremely intelligent, and recall quickly, in other areas of their life. If you notice the frequency of forgetfulness increasing, consult your physician.
During the more early stages, classified as the mild stage of dementia, is the pattern of repetition. Daily routine will still be able to be executed, and memory will still be largely present. However, if there is repetition in conversation or actions, this could identify as a mild stage of dementia.
A difficult, and potentially hurtful symptom of dementia is paranoia. Even though it is a late set symptom, it is one of the most painful ones for loved ones to experience. Often times victims will begin to feel a heightened suspicion of those around them, and can begin accusing others of lying, theft, or in the case of a significant other, infidelity.
Confusion is common in unfamiliar situations, though in cases of a routine trip, such as the doctor or a house of a friend, confusion should not be common. This symptom can start in very subtle ways and increase over time. Sometimes it can even ignite a confusion of where they are in the moment, what year it is, or familiar people. Depending on the stage of onset dementia, severity will increase and the amount of items forgotten will compound.
There are multiple symptoms that dementia can ignite, and each individual will experience varying effects throughout the progression. If you, or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, contact your physician to run tests. In the instance that the disease is a late onset, contact Renaissance for more information on our long term memory care for dementia and alzheimer’s individuals. We provide extraordinary senior care living for a wide variety of individuals with our compassionate and experienced team. Providing a safe home for your loved one’s, Renaissance is here to help ease the aging process through the daily care and aid we provide. Contact us today or schedule a visit.