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Recognizing Dementia

Jan 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Dementia is often associated with progressive diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, or side effects from a stroke or other illness. Dementia is actually a set of symptoms that can appear with any of these conditions.

Early Symptoms of Dementia

The most common symptoms of any form of dementia may be hard to recognize in the early stages. A senior may experience increased anxiety and agitation dealing with situations that arise in their daily life. They may also show memory lapses, which initially may be minor and often can be overlooked as a natural part of aging. The difference with dementia is that these memory lapses will become more severe and noticeable over time. A person with early dementia they also seem more tired and less interested in activities. They might also have times where they are confused about where they are or what they were doing and can become very frustrated.

It is easy to overlook some of the early forms of dementia as being just one of those things that happen as seniors age. However, because the symptoms of dementia tend to increase in both severity and debilitation it becomes more obvious that a senior is suffering from some form of dementia.

Advanced Symptoms of Dementia

As dementia symptoms increase, many the early symptoms become more severe and happen more often. The senior with dementia will begin to have more difficulty taking care of themselves and performing routine daily tasks without significant assistance. They may have mood swings, and visual and auditory hallucinations. When dementia symptoms reached this point is imperative that a senior be seen by a physician, preferably a neurologist, who can provide a specific diagnosis to help determine a treatment plan to help the senior lessen some of the disturbing symptoms. Moreover, to treat as much as possible the underlying causes of the dementia symptoms.

While a senior is experiencing the early symptoms of dementia, it can be difficult for caregivers to understand what is happening to their senior loved one. Even if it is suspected that a senior may be experiencing some of the early signs of dementia, it is important to seek out medical help to try to treat and postpone the dementia from progressing as long as possible. To learn more about dementia and to find resources in a particular area please contact an agency near you.