Dementia is the loss of mental functions, such as thinking, memory, and reasoning, that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning.
Dementia develops when the parts of the brain involved with learning, memory, decision-making, and language are affected by one or more of a variety of infections or diseases. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but there up to 50 other known causes.
Caring for someone with one of these conditions at home requires significant social, financial, and personal sacrifices. People with Alzheimer’s or other dementia need a safe, structured environment. Placement at Montrose Health Center may be a better choice for both you and your loved one.
7 warning signs of Alzheimer’s:
1. Asking the same question over and over again.
2. Repeating the same story, word for word, again and again
3. Forgetting to cook, or how to make repairs, or how to play cards, activities that were previously done with ease and regularity.
4. Losing the ability to balance a checkbook or pay bills.
5. Getting lost in familiar surroundings, or misplacing household objects.|
6. Neglecting to bathe, or wearing the same clothes over and over again, while insisting that they have taken a bath or that their clothes are still clean.
7. Relying on someone else, such as a spouse, to make decisions or answer questions they previously would have handled themselves.
Having several of these symptoms does not mean you definitely have the disease. Contact a medical specialist for a thorough examination.