It’s difficult to know when to seek dementia treatment for a loved one. Many people try to tough it out and hope the symptoms will disappear. This isn’t always the best course of action, as untreated dementia can lead to serious health complications. Below, we will discuss seven signs that your loved one needs immediate treatment for dementia. If you see any of these signs in your loved one, don’t hesitate to seek help as soon as possible.
If your loved one is suddenly worried about getting lost or being stolen from, it’s a sign that their cognitive abilities are beginning to decline. Dementia affects the patient’s short and long-term memory, affecting their ability to remember simple things like where they are. Being lost can make them feel insecure and in danger of attack, and it’s important to sign them in for an effective dementia care programme.
Trouble with simple tasks
Dementia can cause your loved ones to have trouble with simple tasks that they used to do easily, like getting dressed or brushing their teeth. This is because the disease causes changes in the brain that make it difficult for the patient to remember how to do things they’ve been doing their whole life.
Dementia can make your loved ones feel like they’re a burden to you and their friends, so they may start to isolate themselves. They may stop participating in things they loved doing with friends and family, like playing games or getting involved in community events. If you notice that your loved one is withdrawing from social activities, getting them to help, such as signing them up into memory cafes or other community programs, is important memory cafes or other community programs.
If your loved one is starting to show personality changes, it could signify early-onset dementia. Patients with dementia can easily become agitated and confused, leading to outbursts of anger or violence. They may also withdraw from social activities and become more reclusive. It might take time before you understand what they’re going through, but these sudden changes in personality traits should ring a bell.
Changes in sleep patterns
One of the most common signs of dementia is changes in sleep patterns. Your loved one may start to sleep more during the day and less at night. They may also have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for long periods. If you notice these changes, talk to a doctor about treatment options.
Eventually, the stress that comes with dementia will take its toll on your loved one’s body. They may start to experience weight loss, fatigue, and a decline in their physical abilities. Dementia can also cause changes in sleep patterns and increase falls and accidents. If you notice any of these changes, it’s time to talk to a doctor about dementia treatment options.
Changes in appetite
While a change in appetite can indicate many things, it can also be a sign of dementia. Your loved one may start to eat more or less than they normally do. They may also begin to lose interest in food altogether if you notice these changes, especially when they don’t exhibit any physical signs of sickness.
If you think your loved one may be showing signs of dementia, don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for managing the symptoms of this disease. With the right care, your loved one can still enjoy a good quality of life.
Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.