Dementia: Does your elderly loved one have someone in their family who had dementia?
If so, you might need to watch for some of the early dementia warning signs in your elderly loved one. It is important to keep an eye out for more than one of these. Most of the time, if an elderly loved one has dementia, they don’t just have one symptom of the disease. However, if you are too concerned about even one of these warning signs, you should have your elderly loved one see their doctor.
Issues with Numbers
If your elderly loved one is having issues with doing basic math problems, this could be an early warning sign of dementia. Many people who have dementia can’t balance their checkbook or count items. If these are things that your elderly loved one is having difficulties with, you should schedule an appointment with their doctor. If they do have dementia, you or senior care providers might have to help your elderly loved one with things that involve numbers.
Speech Pattern or Word Usage Problems
If your elderly loved one has dementia, they might have speech patterns or word usage problems, too. Many people who have dementia have trouble coming up with the right word to use in certain situations. Sometimes, they might use one word instead of another – such as saying fork instead of a spoon. If your elderly loved one is experiencing these types of issues, you should have them see their doctor.
Issues with Daily Tasks
Your elderly loved one might have issues with daily tasks if they have dementia. Some of the things that you might notice are your elderly loved one can’t fold clothes like they used to or figure out how to run the washer. If these things are happening, there is something going on. If you have your elderly loved one see their doctor, after some testing, they can figure out what is happening. If dementia is the diagnosis, you and senior care providers can work together to care for your elderly loved one.
There are many early dementia warning signs. These are just some of them. If you have any concerns that your elderly loved one might have dementia, be sure you get them an appointment with their doctor. If they have dementia, getting an early diagnosis is key to improving their quality of life for as long as possible.