How to Diagnose Dementia


Dementia is not a specific disease; it’s a condition that describes a group of symptoms related to the decline in memory and thinking skills. Forgetfulness is very common in most of the older adults. It can be frustrating and some people mistakenly assume that forgetfulness is dementia, but it isn’t always a cause for concern.

While diagnosis of dementia will come from a physician, here are some sure signs that you should talk to your loved one’s doctor about the possibility of Dementia:

  1. A person with dementia has difficulty with one or more types of mental function. It’s common for memory to be affected in dementia. Other areas of thinking and processing functions can also be impaired such as learning skills, language, executive function, complex attention, social cognition, and perceptual-motor function.
  2. A person suffering from dementia may have frequent mood swings. Other people can often notice such mood changes easily, but the one who is suffering dementia may not see the change in themselves.
  3. Dementia patients have difficulty in completing normal tasks. They may struggle to complete familiar tasks. They also may find it difficult to learn how to do new things or follow new routines.
  4. A person with dementia becomes repetitive. Repetition is very common in dementia as they forget things easily. They may ask same questions again and again, even after it’s answered. They may even repeat certain daily tasks.
  5. A person with dementia has difficulty managing finances. They may find it difficult to manage their finances as managing finances require a lot of mental coordination. They may need some assistance from a trustworthy family member or friend.

If a person possesses all of the above signs, he or she is definitely showing signs that they are suffering from dementia. Consult their doctor immediately once these signs have been noticed.

Reduce the risk of developing dementia by following these tips:

  • Start eating a healthy and a balanced diet.
  • Quit smoking and reduce consumption of alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain the right blood pressure level.
  • Stay connected socially.

If you need any assistance with caring for a senior family member suffering from dementia, contact Always Best Care. We are the leading Senior Care Agency in North Vancouver known for providing excellent dementia care.

For more information, feel free to call us at (778) 945-3010.

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