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Understanding Dementia Behaviors

May 15th, 2017

As your parent or loved one ages, you may begin to notice subtle changes in their behavior. Studies estimate that 47 billion people worldwide are living with dementia. Here are a few of the earliest signs of dementia and some tips on what to do if you suspect your senior is experiencing symptoms.

Early Dementia Symptoms

The earliest signs of dementia and memory loss can sometimes be hard to spot. Take a look at a few of the most common symptoms to assess if you see them with your loved one.

  • Changes in short-term memory
  • Language problems such as struggling with names or finding the right word for an object
  • Sudden mood changes, common ones are apathy and/or depression
  • Increasing confusion
  • Repetitive behaviors, such as asking the same question

What to Do If You Suspect Your Loved One Has Dementia

The first step to take if your suspect your loved one may have dementia is to schedule an appointment with his or her primary physician. Sometimes, other medical ailments may cause symptoms commonly associated with dementia, known as pseudodementia. A doctor will be able to determine if this is the case, or if your senior is experiencing true memory loss.

The Next Step

If a doctor determines your loved one does indeed have dementia, it may be necessary to begin looking at senior living communities. As dementia progresses, it will become increasingly difficult for your senior loved one to care for himself or herself at home. By getting a head start at looking at communities, moving your loved one will be much easier if and when the time comes.  

StoryPoint is Here to Help

Here at StoryPoint, our memory care services are specifically designed for seniors experiencing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory impairments. These communities feature specially trained staff as well as programmed designed for overcoming memory loss. Schedule a visit to your nearest StoryPoint location!