Early Stage Dementia Care
At times it may be challenging for family members to grasp that a loved one may need support or has a memory problem when they can remember things from 40 years ago like they were yesterday. However, while their long term memories can be intact, their short term memory is may be impacted in a major way. Often these changes or deficits are masked by a spouse who is unknowingly compensating for these deficits.
Early Stages of Dementia and Short Term Memory Deficits:
- Decreased or poor judgment with decisions
- Losing the ability to retrace steps
- Confusion with time or place
- Remembering people’s names, places and directions.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or work
- Trouble with vision such as difficulty driving, navigating, reading, judging distance or determining color
- Maintaining proper hygiene of grooming
- Challenges with words in speaking and or writing
These warning signs of early stage dementia may create an unsafe environment for a loved one, but can also provide a great opportunity to introduce the idea of home care assistance in the home. If you find yourself anxious or worried about a loved one’s early stage of dementia at home, we invite you to connect with our local team of Certified Dementia Specialists.