People seem to find dementia and memory loss as an interchangeable disorder wherein, in fact, both are born in separate pods rather than peas in the same pods. And admit it,; you have been one of those people who think that dementia and memory loss are the same. But you do not have to worry because we are going to break down to you the difference between the two.
We all know that having either dementia or memory loss can affect your life especially your relationship with others. If you have been diagnosed with either of the disorders, you may feel hopeless when you think about your current predicament. However, you do not have to feel that way because there are some types of dementia that can be slowed down through our latest medical findings and with the help of some interventions.
If you are aging 65 and above, you may start experiencing some drifts in your memory. We know that it is unsettling on your part but you still need to know if those lapses are just a normal sign of aging or if you have already qualified to be diagnosed with dementia.
Let us first define what dementia is.
– a collection of symptoms including memory loss, personality change, and impaired intellectual functions resulting from disease or trauma to the brain. (www.helpguide.org)
– a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. (Google)
In other words, dementia is not a specific disease. The following are the common signs of symptoms of the said disorder. If you experience these, we advise you to consult a physician about it because we all know that it is dangerous to diagnose yourself especially when you are not an expert medical practitioner.
Signs and Symptoms:
“It is the unusual forgetfulness. You may not be able to remember new events, recall one or more memories of the past, or both. The memory loss may be for a short time and then resolve (transient). Or, it may not go away, and, depending on the cause, it can get worse over time.” – www.medicineplus.gov
“It is a medical condition that results in a person not being able to make good decisions because of an underlying medical problem, environmental factors, diet or drugs/alcohol, according to WebMD. It is often accompanied by impaired social skills, impulsive or inappropriate behavior.” – www.reference.com
Having trouble with abstract thinking
“Abstract thinking is a level of thinking about things that is removed from the facts of the “here and now”, and from specific examples of the things or concepts being thought about.” – www.projectlearnet.org
“[Reasoning is] the action of thinking about something in a logical, sensible way.” – Google
“Inappropriate behavior is any behavior that is not in line with societal standards and expectations.” – www.reference.com
Loss of communication skills
“Communication isn’t just talking. Gestures, movement and facial expressions can all convey meaning or help you get a message across. Body language and physical contact become significant when speech is difficult for a person with dementia.” – www.nhs.uk
Disorientation to time
“An inability to remember times and dates can be frustrating for a person with Alzheimer’s and can reduce their ability to function. … They also may have difficulty judging the passage of time and they may lose orientation for day and night.” – www.dementiaguide.com
Problems with regards to gait, motor and balance
This is an early sign of having dementia.
Hallucination, paranoia, and agitation
“Hallucinations and delusions can provoke intense fear and even lead to aggressive behavior.” – www.alzheimer-europe.org
Neglect of personal care as well as safety
“It is quite common for people with dementia to forget about personal care and hygiene. They may neglect basic activities such as bathing and changing their clothes.” – www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
Bright Home Health Care is a provider of in-home care in Carrollton Texas and if you are seeking help to cope with the inconveniences of aging or dementia, you can contact us at www.brighthomehealth.com.