One of the biggest misconceptions about getting older is that memory loss is “just a normal part” of the process. It’s actually not, although it is common. With some luck and work, thousands transition into old age with few to no problems with their memory at all.
But still, you can’t depend on luck when it comes to aging. Memory loss does happen, in numbers big enough to where it can seem like everybody goes through it. And it’s not the only issue related to aging that may impact your loved one.
Join us, today, as we bring you common cognitive issues to watch for as you transition into old age. Or your family members. Or friends. With a little insight and a proactive approach, you can be ready in the event someone close to you goes through something like this.
Dementia: This is a condition characterized by changes in mental or reasoning capacity or personality changes. The root causes can range from prolonged alcohol abuse, disease, injury, or simple degradation over time. It also sometimes follows after a stroke.
Pay attention to memory loss and confusion, specifically after sunset in many cases. This is known, in the industry, as “sundowning” and is an extremely common form of dementia. Mood changes like irritability or extreme anxiety may also be indicators.
Stroke: When the blood flow or oxygen supply to an area of brain tissue are suddenly interrupted, that area may die off. This, in turn, has a direct impact on the body part controlled by that part of the brain, often causing them to malfunction.
Look for difficulty walking or instability and paralysis. Blurred or doubled vision are also common, but one of the easiest symptoms of a stroke is slurred speech and downturned corners around the mouth.
Alzheimer’s Disease: One of the most common forms of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease affects the nerves in certain areas of the brain, resulting in significant memory loss and mental function. It also impacts personality and reasoning.
Warning signs include difficulty thinking and understanding simple concepts, as well as confusion. When clients can’t form new memories or recognize common things, this can also be a warning sign. Increased aggression or agitation have also been noted. Look for depression, occasional hallucinations, and muddled speech, as well.
Parkinson’s Disease: When the nerves in a central area of the brain begin to degenerate, this can cause problems with movement and coordination. Some of the indicators of oncoming Parkinson’s include hand tremors, slowed movement, and an unstable posture.
Check for tremors, first, but also dizziness and poor balance. A distorted sense or loss of smell are also common, as well as amnesia, muscle contractions, and involuntary muscle movements. A slow, shuffling gait can be another early indicator.
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If your loved one experiences these or any other serious medical condition as a result of their age, seek medical help immediately. With early detection and some good fortune, it’s possible to catch, stop, or slow some of these conditions before they progress too far. And for the ones you can’t slow or stop, a doctor would at least be able to advise on maintaining your health as you live through the condition.
Because many of these conditions impair the people who experience them, it’s important to seek professional help in taking care of them. Granny Nannies offers certified nursing aids to help with daily tasks which may become more difficult after one of these diagnoses.
Get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help you and your loved ones transition into old age in comfort and safety.