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Alzheimer’s Care | November 24, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

Is Your Senior Loved One Hiding Dementia?

Memory Care for Seniors with Alzheimer's & DementiaDiscovering that their loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is a shock for many different families. Sometimes the person seems fine for a long period of time, only for the family to find out that the person’s mind is confused the next. It is important to understand that these issues do not happen overnight. It might be possible for families to overlook these issues, because they happen so gradually. It is imperative that you know what to look for to determine whether your loved one is hiding memory issues.

Sign #1 – Trouble With Logical Thinking

Some seniors might have issues with simple tasks, including doing math or balancing a checkbook. Perhaps you notice that your loved one is unable to tell the time on an analog clock or is incapable of adding up a tip for a restaurant. Perhaps they do not know how to read a recipe card, despite the fact that they are known to frequently make delicious meals.

Sign #2 – Routine Disruptions

Many seniors rely on routines to cope with burgeoning memory loss. They can hide the effects of memory loss by following the same pattern each day. This makes it appear as though the brain is functioning normally. However, you might begin to notice that there is something ‘off’ about the way that someone follows the routine. You might begin to realize your loved one has memory loss by noticing that they are actively clinging to this routine

Sign #3 – Confusion When Speaking

Experiencing difficulty with conversations is one of the symptoms for seniors who have memory loss. They might forget what they were saying mid-sentence or just not know how to join into an existing conversation. By pretending to see something interesting or acting like they know what is going on, most seniors might be able to hide these issues. They might even avoid social interactions altogether.

You might notice that your loved one uses excuses to avoid attending events that they would normally enjoy attending. People who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia may also have trouble coming up with certain words or may end up repeating themselves. It is important to pay close attention to these signs of memory loss, especially because seniors can become quite skilled at hiding it as it occurs.

What should you do if you suspect a memory issue is present?

If your loved one is experiencing signs of memory loss, it’s important to consult with their physician for guidance. If the diagnosis is that of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it may be time to consider care options so that you are prepared to make an informed decision when and if the time comes. Carlton Senior Living specializes in providing Assisted Living services to those in the early of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and also provided personalized-centered Memory Care for individuals requiring more focused care.