Know the signs
We’re all a little forgetful at times. We misplace our phones, forget someone’s name, or neglect to fill a prescription on time. As we age, we may notice these minor memory lapses and wonder if they indicate something more than simply being forgetful.
While our brains slow with age, memory loss is not a normal part of the aging process. It is important, therefore, for families to know the difference between normal changes associated with getting older, and symptoms that may indicate developing memory loss, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
At Willow Gardens, our staff is specially trained and knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We will assist you and your family to better understand memory loss, and how best to communicate with your loved one as the disease progresses.
What is dementia?
Dementia is not a disease; it is a general term to describe a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities. Dementia results from damage to brain cells that is significant enough to affect one’s daily life.
There are many types of dementia. Conditions that may cause different types of dementia include thyroid problems, strokes, and illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for over half of all cases.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia include:
- Memory loss
- Personality changes
- Difficulty problem solving or reasoning
- Vocabulary loss
- Inability to sequence tasks
- Confusion and disorientation
If you have noticed any of these signs in your loved one, it is important to consult with your doctor to determine the cause and possible treatment. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be devastating, but in the early stages, your loved one may be able to live independently with supportive care. As memory impairment progresses, additional supervision may be required.
Our memory care specialists are available to provide guidance on the care options that are available. Call us at 914.336.2338.