As mom's behavior became odder, I made excuses. Maybe it was boredom, loneliness or depression? It never crossed my thoughts that Mom had dementia.
Every time I visited, mom told the same stories, focusing on adult children stealing from their elderly parents. It was hard to not go personally. I also noticed her plans of volunteering to help children learn how to read never got off the floor.
What I did not know was that my mother's negative, repetitious stories and her inability to follow-through on a project where indications of her early stage Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's is one of several diseases that fall under the umbrella of dementia. All dementia robs their people with independence and require their own families to provide plenty of care. Other frequently diagnosed dementia are vascular dementia and Parkinson's related dementia. A diagnosis of mixed dementia might be given when the person has symptoms from more than one disease.
Some common dementia symptoms
Short term loss of memory that turns up as repetitive questions and stories
Poor hygiene Problems with math that may show up as an unbalanced check book or bounced checks Loss of interest in activities the person previously enjoyed Impaired judgment that could appear as reckless or uncharacteristic behavior Changes in personality and mood that could show up as a formerly laid back person becoming anxious or angry
It's important to arrive at the cause of why you have the modification the in your parent's behavior. Treatable conditions like depression or thyroid disease can mimic the signs and symptoms of dementia. Part of the doctor's job is to rule out these other conditions. Have your parent evaluated with a doctor who is experienced in assessing memory issues or with a memory clinic.
Individuals with dementia usually require more and more assistance living their 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 covered by medical health insurance. Your loved ones member will quite possibly live quite a long time with an impairment that requires your help.