A little bit of memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. Significant memory loss, which disrupts daily life, may be something much more serious — it may even be a sign of dementia. The earliest symptoms of dementia can vary from person to person, but what follows are 10 warning signs. Be on the lookout for these symptoms in your aging family members — and if you observe any of them, make an appointment with a medical professional.

  1. Disruptive memory loss — including forgetting recently learned information, key names and dates, etc.
  2. Cognitive difficulty, including trouble with planning, problem solving, or dealing with numbers.
  3. Difficulty completing simple, routine daily tasks.
  4. Confusion about time or place — losing track of the seasons, etc.
  5. Trouble with visual understanding — misjudging distances, struggling with colors, etc. This often causes trouble with driving.
  6. Trouble with words, including difficulty in joining or following along with a conversation.
  7. Misplacing things, or losing the ability to retrace steps.
  8. Impaired judgment — including questionable decisions with money, difficulty with daily grooming, etc.
  9. A sense of isolation, or withdrawal from activities, hobbies and social engagements that once brought pleasure.
  10. Changes in mood or personality — including increased anxiety, irritability, depression, mood swings, etc.

Again, the appearance of these symptoms is not proof of dementia, and some may be natural components of the aging process. If you observe these symptoms worsening, or if you notice several of them at the same time, this is when it may be time to get a medical consultation.

Be alert to the signs of dementia — and be ready to provide your loved one with the care that he or she needs. We can help you. Contact CountryHouse to learn more.

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