What Is Dementia?

Most of us think of memory loss when we think of dementia, but dementia refers to a range of symptoms that are caused by cognitive impairment. Memory loss is only one of these symptoms. Dementia includes Alzheimer’s, as well as some other conditions that are less well known.

Does Memory Loss Always Mean Dementia or Is It Just a Part of Getting Older?

Our brains can get weaker as we get older, just like our bodies. So some memory loss can occur in old age. That means that memory loss by itself doesn’t mean that someone has dementia.

What Are the Early Signs of Dementia I Should Look for When Visiting My Aging Parents Over the Holidays?

Not sure if your parent is showing early signs of dementia or simply exhibiting memory loss that’s a normal part of aging? Here are 8 early signs of dementia to look for:

8 Early Signs of Dementia to Look for While Visiting Parents Over the Holidays

  1. A Subtle Loss of Short-Term Memory
  2. Difficulty Completing Everyday Routine Tasks
  3. Difficulty Communicating
  4. Repetition
  5. Mood Changes
  6. Time or Place Confusion
  7. Visual Difficulties
  8. Apathy

If You’re Seeing Potential Signs of Dementia, Reach Out for Help

If you or your parent live in the Round Rock area of Texas, we’re ready to answer your questions and address your concerns. We will be here with you throughout your memory care journey. If you could use a little help figuring out your family’s next step, contact us online or call us at 512-399-5080.