Early diagnosis of dementia is crucial to preventing a crisis and for planning treatment and care. It is difficult to tell if cognition changes are simply age related changes (normal aging) or dementia (not normal aging).
Therefore, knowing when to seek in-home care or place a loved one in a senior living home is very difficult to judge. This is especially true for individuals without a serious medical condition outside of their cognitive changes.
What is the difference between simple forgetfulness and a serious memory loss?
Here are some warning signs of memory loss that may signal the need for assistance care. They were gathered from a variety of sources:
|Does he/she repeat questions more frequently?||Yes||No|
|Does he/she exhibit poor grooming and personal hygiene||Yes||No|
|Does he/she forget to take medications or take them incorrectly?||Yes||No|
|Has there been a change in eating habits or loss of appetite?||Yes||No|
|Is outdated food in the refrigerator or little nutritious food?||Yes||No|
|Has driving been impaired? Frequent accidents?||Yes||No|
|Is he/she increasingly forgetful?||Yes||No|
|Is he/she moody or depressed?||Yes||No|
|Has there been a loss of interest in socializing?||Yes||No|
|Is he/she less interested in former activities?||Yes||No|
|Is he/she unsteady on her feet or does she fall frequently?||Yes||No|
|Does he/she have difficulty concentrating?||Yes||No|
|Does he/she exhibit poor judgment?||Yes||No|
|Is he/she incontinent?||Yes||No|
|Is there trouble handling finances? Are there unpaid bills?||Yes||No|
|Does he/she spend long periods of time doing nothing?||Yes||No|
|Have others noticed personality changes?||Yes||No|
|Is there unopened mail lying around?||Yes||No|
|Is there poor housekeeping or unsafe conditions?||Yes||No|
|Does he/she have trouble making decisions?||Yes||No|
|Does he/she get lost?||Yes||No|
|Does he/she have trouble finding the right words?||Yes||No|
|Does he/she wear the same clothes over and over again?||Yes||No|
This is also available here has a printable worksheet to fill out and bring to your next appointment with your physician.
See your physician for further evaluation if you have answered “yes” to a majority of these questions. Then call us to learn more about our home and how we can serve your loved one on his or her dementia journey.
Parks’ Place Memory Care is a privately owned assisted living home, specialized and specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Our home is for people of any stage of dementia so they are able to age-in-place in their home. For tours, general information, or admission inquiry, please contact Kaitlin Kelly at 612-358-3725.