You may not be aware, but dementia is not a disease itself. It’s actually a collection of multiple symptoms that result from damage to the brain caused by different diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. These symptoms vary according to the part of the brain that is damaged and, depending on their impact and progression, may cause patients to need specialized home health care. It is important to recognize and to understand possible early signs of dementia.
Different types of dementia will affect people differently, and many people will experience symptoms in their own way and on different timelines. However, there are some common early symptoms that may appear before a diagnosis of dementia. These can include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Getting confused during simple daily tasks
- Mood changes
- Struggling to follow conversations or find the right words
- Being confused about time and place
These symptoms are often mild but may get worse gradually and then require specialized health care. When they are still mild, they are called a “mild cognitive impairment” (MCI) as they are not severe enough to be diagnosed as dementia.
You may not notice these symptoms if you have them, and friends and family may not notice or take them seriously for some time. For some people, these symptoms will remain the same over time. But other people with MCI will go on to develop dementia. This is why it’s crucial to talk to a doctor if you’re worried about memory problems or other symptoms that may be signs of dementia.
Specialty Care Services, the experts in home health care in Silver Spring, MD and the surrounding areas, offers compassionate, professional caregiving to help individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia remain safely at home. Contact us online or by phone at 301-585-6300 to learn more about about our in-home care for a loved one with dementia.