Everyone forgets things from time to time and wonder if we’re losing our memory. In most cases, it’s completely normal to have memory lapses. However, senility, age related dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are serious issues for the elderly and the people who care for them. Below are some of the signs and symptoms that can be cause for concern according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Your loved one may not be exhibiting all of these symptoms in order for them to seek medical advice. Additionally, there are other factors that can lead to some of these symptoms which include medications, depression, alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiencies, dehydration and medical conditions.
- Misplacing things. We all misplace our car keys or wallet from time to time but when a person puts those things in the wrong place, such as in the refrigerator, this can be a first sign that there is a problem.
- Memory loss is another common symptom that should be addressed, especially if they don’t eventually remember what they forgot. Another sign is if they keep asking you the same question without realizing that they just asked you that question.
- Not Realizing where they are. Patients may wander off for a walk get lost in their own neighborhood. They may forget how they got there, or more seriously, what time it is or how to get back home.
- Difficulties with language or forgetting their words not only makes it difficult to communicate but can lead to frustration and anger for someone suffering with memory loss.
- Being easily distracted. A person with sings of dementia may inadvertently do something dangerous to themselves of someone in their family. for example, leaving food cooking on the stove top and leaving the house or going to bed.
- Moods wings and personality changes can be a symptom if a person goes from one emotion or behavior to another for no apparent reason.
- Forgetting how to do things or losing the ability to do abstract thinking. A person showing sign of this might go to start the dishwasher, but forgetting how, or wanting to open a can, but forget which tool to use.
- Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
- Depression, Anxiety or Hallucinations
If you or a loved is experiencing and of these troubling symptoms, visit a doctor as soon as possible to determine the cause. Remember, some of these symptoms can be caused by factors not related to dementia and can be reversed.
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