When we notice changes in our loved one’s behavior and increased forgetfulness it can feel alarming and overwhelming, even if we feel we have prepared ourselves for this moment. What do I do now? Who can I turn to in my area?
Early Signs of Dementia
Sometimes what looks like dementia can simply be forgetfulness. It is helpful to review what the early signs of dementia typically look like before taking the next step.
The symptoms of dementia vary with the many types of dementia. The early markers of dementia, however, are common in most people before a diagnosis of dementia.
The common early signs of dementia include difficulties with memory, completing familiar tasks, conversation, confusion, mood changes, and visual changes.
If you’re still not sure if it’s dementia, or just aging, read more about the difference between aging and forgetfulness.
Consult with Your Loved One’s Doctor
Drug and non-drug treatments can be more effective the earlier someone is diagnosed. Consult with your loved one’s doctor if they are having memory problems or showing symptoms of dementia.
The doctor will review your loved one’s medical history and will conduct a physical examination to pinpoint the problem. They will also rule out medical conditions that can produce dementia-like symptoms.
If the doctor sees the need for testing, he or she will order a series of tests.
The doctor may also refer your loved one to a memory care specialist.
Here are some options for physicians who specialize in dementia in Round Rock, Texas:
The Memory Disorders Clinic at CNTC (Central Texas Neurology Consultants) has a team of physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating memory disorders and are welcoming new patients. Call for an appointment (512) 218-1222 or download and complete a new patient packet or questionnaire.
Dr. Karen A. Valdez, DO (Baylor Scott & White Health), call to schedule an appointment (512) 509-3403
Richard L. McColl MD (Baylor Scott & White Clinic), call to schedule an appointment (512) 509-0200
Living with Dementia
When our loved ones live with dementia it is often a learning process for us as caregivers.
Some of the common questions are:
- What can someone with dementia eat?
- What are the risk factors for elopement and what should I do if it happens?
- When is driving with dementia no longer safe?
- Why does my loved one ask repetitive questions?
We have provided a library of blogs on our website to help with the most common questions and concerns about living with dementia.
Respite and Programs for Adults with Dementia
Caregivers need help! Respite is a form of self-care and can provide a mental boost for your loved one.
AGE of Central Texas provides adult daycare in Round Rock, Texas. To learn more about their programs, call (512) 255-4865 or visit their website.
There are also several respite programs available in nearby Georgetown, Texas, such as Close Friends Ministry and PALS Place, as well as the Round Rock Allen R. Baca Senior Center (providing activities for seniors and those with early dementia).
Learn more about these services and programs in Williamson county for older adults with dementia.
Home health care is also an option for respite care in the earlier stages of dementia, as well as assistance with your loved one’s daily needs, including companionship. Visiting Angels serve Williamson County, Texas, including Georgetown and Round Rock.
Learn more by calling (877) 907-5078 or by contacting them online.
Planning for Long-Term Care
Planning for long-term care for your loved one can feel daunting.
You may ask, what do I need to know to plan ahead? What should I look for when choosing a memory care provider? What is the difference between a nursing home, an assisted living facility, and a memory care unit? What financial assistance is available for memory care? Is memory care the right choice for my loved one?
We are here to help! If you have questions about the future, read our resources on planning for long-term care.
In Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas, a wide range of dementia care facilities are available, including nursing homes, assisted living, and memory care.
You may contact the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter by telephone at (512) 592-0990 or on their website to learn more about local resources, including help and support.
Help and Advice
The transition period starting with the early stages of dementia up to the planning and decision-making for long-term memory care can be challenging, we understand. If you are a caregiver and would like to talk about the best options for the future, give us a call at 512-399-5089. We can help you through every step of the way.