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As mom's behavior became odder, I made excuses. Was it boredom, loneliness or depression? It never crossed my mind that Mom had dementia.
Each time I visited, mom told exactly the same stories, focusing on adult children stealing from their elderly parents. It was hard not to go personally. I additionally noticed her plans of volunteering to assist children learn to read never got off the ground.
Things i did not know was that my mother's negative, repetitious stories and her inability to follow-through on a project where signs of her initial phase Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's disease is one of several diseases that come under the umbrella of dementia. All dementia robs their people with independence and require their families to supply plenty of care. Other frequently diagnosed dementia are vascular dementia and Parkinson's related dementia. An analysis of mixed dementia may be given once the person has symptoms from several disease.
Some common dementia symptoms
Short term loss of memory that shows up as repetitive questions and stories
Poor hygiene Problems with math that may appear as an unbalanced check book or bounced checks Loss of interest in activities the person previously enjoyed Impaired judgment that may show up as reckless or uncharacteristic behavior Changes in personality and mood that may show up as a formerly laid back person becoming anxious or angry
It's important to get to the cause of what is causing the change the in your parent's behavior. Treatable conditions like depression or thyroid disease can mimic the symptoms of dementia. Area of the doctor's job is to rule out other conditions. Have your parent evaluated by a doctor who's experienced in assessing memory issues or with a memory clinic.
People with dementia usually need more and much more assistance living their daily lives as their illness progresses. Once you know or suspect a dementia diagnosis, begin planning. Needing help with day to day activities like dressing or bathing is recognized as custodial care and is not included in health insurance. Your family member will potentially live a long time by having an impairment that needs your help.