Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2016-17 Winter/Spring Edition - page 8

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to be aware of the symptoms of dementia in order to
better understand it or support someone who has it.
They include:
• Short-term memory loss:
Individuals may
remember memories from the past, but may have
forgotten what they had for lunch or even that they
had lunch.
• Difficulty completing familiar tasks:
Simple
tasks that are part of a daily routine become
increasingly hard to complete.
• Problems communicating:
Often, individuals will
know what words they want to say but are unable
to find them.
• Disorientation:
Becoming lost in a familiar place
or not understanding the amount of time that has
passed are common symptoms. Misplacing things
is, too.
• Poor judgment:
A person with dementia may
not only make common mistakes but use poor
judgment, such as venture into cold weather
without wearing a coat. They also may have
difficulty making good moral judgments.
• Problems with abstract thinking:
Dementia can
affect a person’s ability to make complex decisions
or solve complex problems.
• Mood and personality changes:
Individuals may
move through a variety of unrelated moods quickly
and without reason. They also may not “seem
themselves” and may be irritable, suspicious or
fearful.
• Loss of initiative:
There may be very little
interest in starting something new or going on an
outing or short trip.
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