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Did Mom Lose Her Keys Again?

Below are some early signs of possible dementia-related symptoms. As a caregiver, you will be able to check off one or possibly many on this list.

  • Poor judgment
  • Repeating themselves or not remembering recent events
  • Consistent difficulty balancing their checkbook or paying bills
  • Problems with driving:  getting lost in familiar settings; having small accidents
  • Difficulty planning activities or executing day-to-day chores
  • Confusion about what day or time it is, or where they are
  • Problems with words and conversation
  • Misplacing objects
  • Changes in personality or mood

Memory loss is a common symptom people first notice, but there are other early warning signs that could indicate a problem. Withdrawing from social activities, becoming financially irresponsible, changes in mood, or frequently misplacing items and becoming easily agitated for example.

Keep a log of anything strange or new behaviors you notice.  Make sure to note the time of day and what was happening around them.  This can help identify patterns or environment triggers that might be contributing to the behavior. 

Does any of this look or feel familiar? If your loved one exhibits any of these symptoms of early-stage dementia, go with them to see their doctor. Consider requesting a referral to a neurologist who specializes in dementia for a full neuropsychological evaluation.

At Locust Grove Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in West Mifflin, our team specializes in memory support. Locust Grove's In The Moment Memory Support Program, is a holistic approach designed to meet residents in the moment they are experiencing and engage them kindly and compassionately to guide them through their day. Our philosophy features the Six Elements of Engagement, which address physical engagement, spiritual support, artistic expression, community connections, continuing education, and lifestyle and leisure. In The Moment is more than a slogan, it is a feeling throughout the community.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call our memory care experts at Locust Grove today - (412) 461-7210.

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