What are some of the warning signs of dementia?
a. Changes in personality
b. Disorientation with time and place
c. Poor judgement
d. All of the above
D – All of the above. Seniors who have a hard time remembering recent events, have a hard time concentrating, become increasingly confused or withdrawn, show signs of depression or personality changes may have dementia.
How many stages of dementia are there?
A – There are 3 stages of dementia: Early, Middle and Late. During the early stage of dementia, the senior is able to function independently. They still participate in social activities and drive themselves to doctor’s appointments. The elderly person may feel that he or she is experiencing forgetfulness, having difficulties concentrating or feel they are having memory lapses.
The middle stage of dementia is typically the longest and will require some additional care provided by family members or a caregiver. The elderly person may confuse words, become frustrated or angry easily, may have difficulty expressing their thoughts or performing everyday tasks, and acting out in unexpected ways.
In the late stage of dementia, the senior is no longer able to have conversations, cannot respond to their surroundings and eventually lose the ability to control movement. The elderly person may say phrases, but communicating is very difficult. Their personality continues to change, cognitive skills worsen and they become dependent on caregivers with activities of daily living.
What causes of Alzheimer’s disease?
a. Brain Injuries
c. Age and Genetics
C – Age and Genetics. The older a senior becomes, they have an increased likelihood of having Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, elderly people who have direct family members with Alzheimer’s disease are also more likely to have the disease.