Often a new year’s resolution involves health of some sort. For those with an aging family member, resolving to spend more time with them is also a good thing. Not only will such an action be memorable for the senior in your life, but it will also allow you to keep tabs on their health and encourage them to do the same.
Unfortunately, one of the most challenging health issues for seniors is dementia. While there is currently no cure for this disease, there are treatments that, if started early, can significantly reduce the effects of the disease. Becoming familiar with some early warning signs and symptoms is an excellent way to ensure that early intervention takes place when necessary.
While it can sometimes be mistaken as a sign of old age, memory loss is also one of the critical aspects of several types of dementia. Occasional forgetfulness can be present for anyone, but consistent patterns of memory loss should be taken seriously and, at minimum, professionally assessed.
A bad day here and there happens to the best of us. However, if you notice yourself out of sorts consistently, and for no apparent reason, it is a good idea to consult with someone.
The Decline of Decision-Making Skills:
If day-to-day choices are becoming more difficult or you find yourself or your loved one struggling to process decisions, then it’s time to consult a physician.
Each of these by themselves isn’t necessarily a sign of dementia in a senior citizen. However, monitoring anything that starts to occur regularly, or alongside other symptoms is essential. “Better safe than sorry” strongly applies in this case, and having a new year’s resolution to be more alert can pay off down the road. Don’t be afraid to seek out a professional and be proactive when your health or that of a beloved family member is on the line.
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