Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh Fall/Winter Edition 2015-16 - page 14

understand it or support someone who has it. They
include:
• Short-term memory loss:
Individuals may
remember memories from the past but forget
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, not understanding the amount of time that
has passed and misplacing things are common
symptoms.
• Poor judgment:
A person with dementia may
not only make common mistakes but also 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.
Reduce the Risk of Developing Dementia
Age, family history and genetics are the greatest factors
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