Early Detection Matters
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term not a specific disease to describe the decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s Disease is the cause of 60-80% of all dementia and is the most commonly referred to in the case of dementia. Vascular dementia is the second most common cause that can occur after a stroke or severe coronary artery disease.
What to Look For
What is Memory Loss?
It is defined as the inability to remember events for a period of time often following a brain injury, illness, or aging. Symptoms of memory loss can include forgetting recently learned information, important dates, asking the same questions, or relying on family and friends to do tasks or chores they once did independently. In severe cases, a person may forget where they are or what location they are driving to. It impacts communication, ability to focus, judgment, and visual perception.
- Trouble following or joining conversations
- Inability to complete a thought
- Calling common items the wrong name
- Difficulty concentrating
- Inability to process what is being said
- Giving things of value away
- Poor decision making
- Apathy toward grooming or clothing
- Difficulty reading
- Difficulty judging distance and color
- Lack of recognition when seeing reflection
We’re Here to Help
If you or a loved one is experiencing dementia, it is important to take the next step to receive a diagnosis and being early intervention. New medications may slow the progression of dementia; this early treatment helps non-medical interventions bem ore effective and allow for more planning for long term care.