If you’ve noticed considerable memory loss or personality changes in an elderly loved one, they could be suffering from early symptoms of dementia. In part two of this series, we’ll review the different types of dementia, as well as what you should do if you or your loved one needs assistance with dementia.
What Are The Different Types Of Dementia?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, found in over two-thirds of all medically diagnosed cases. Early diagnosis can help prolong senior independence, and is the first step towards healthy treatment. Some warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Disruptions of daily life due to memory loss, such as forgetting recently learned information or asking the same question over and over
- Difficulty completing daily tasks, like getting the mail or forgetting errands
- Challenges finding the right words in a conversation or calling people by the wrong name
- Constantly misplacing things and accusing others of stealing
- Changes in mood, such as becoming depressed or easily upset when out of their comfort zone
Vascular dementia can occur in people who have had a series of small strokes, or a sudden change in blood supply to the brain. This type of dementia can severely impact the memory and cognitive functions of those diagnosed.
Also known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), early dementia can impact issues with memory, language and other cognitive functions. In most cases of MCI, the people affected are still able function in their daily lives without having to constantly rely on others.
Can Dementia Be Prevented?
Recent studies of dementia in seniors suggest good health habits and mental stimulation can help prevent the risk of dementia and delay its onset. Just as your body craves physical activity, your mind and memory crave mental stimulation to stay sharp. Some strategies to improve mental functionality can include exercising, eating a brain-healthy diet and challenging your mind on a daily basis.
What Do I Do If I Experience Symptoms Of Dementia?
If you or a loved one experiences sudden symptoms of dementia, it’s critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible. It can also be helpful to keep an ongoing list of your symptoms as they occur, so you can provide your doctor with specifics.
Carepoint provides non-medical in-home care services to adults and seniors who are in need of additional assistance in their home or place of residence in the Charlotte NC area. If you have a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, consider getting them professional help. Our custom Care Plans are designed to address the specific needs of your family, and our Certified Nurse Aides have exceptional experience and compassion when it comes to those suffering from dementia. Contact us today to schedule a free in-depth assessment and to learn more about our senior care services.