Dementia is a condition that should not be taken lightly. The symptoms, including memory and language loss, impair your ability to think to the extent that it interferes with everyday life. As a result, we believe you should educate yourself as much as possible. Knowing what causes dementia to occur, as well as what the signs and symptoms are, can actually bring you and your family some peace of mind. We believe in working together with families to help reduce the anxiety related to caring for a loved one with dementia. We are here to help prepare you for your family’s journey forward.

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Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for dementia, however, there are some treatments to lessen the symptoms, both cognitive and psychological.

Cognitive Symptoms

Common symptoms relative to thinking and brain activity include:

• Memory loss
• Trouble communicating fluently without stuttering
• Trouble handling complex or sometimes simple tasks
• Trouble with planning and organizing (especially with time and money)
• Difficulty reasoning or problem-solving
• Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
• Confusion or disorientation

Psychological Symptoms

When a person suffers from dementia, not only are there effects on the brain associated with diminished reasoning and logic, there are also mental and behavioral changes that can occur. These signs and symptoms can include:

• Personality changes, such as a normally quiet person becoming loud and aggressive, or vice versa
• Sadness or depression
• Anxiety, worrying about things for no specific reason
• Inappropriate behavior, such as being rude or lacking good manners
• Paranoia, being convinced that people are spying on them or out to get them
• Agitation or nervousness, even in familiar situations
• Hallucinations, seeing things and people that aren’t there (50% of people with Parkinson’s experience this)

StoneBridge Senior Living Can Help

Understanding fully the signs and symptoms of dementia and what to look for, whether you or a loved one may be experiencing its beginning stages, is important. It’s also important to note that not all of these symptoms are solely associated with a diagnosis of dementia. For example, there are medications that can cause memory loss or even behavioral changes. Stress or lack of sleep can also play a role in experiencing some of these same symptoms.

At StoneBridge, we have the ability to administer medication for residents, but we don’t like to treat symptoms of our memory care residents with medication due to side effects. We prefer holistic treatments when possible and go the extra mile to ensure residents are happy, healthy and living an authentic lifestyle every single day.

For many, we become a second home for families with a loved one in Memory Care. When caring for residents dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s, we recognize the importance of our work and make every effort to provide the utmost level of care. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s and have questions about the next steps, please reach out to us. We’re happy to discuss the memory care options we have available, and we’re here to support you and your family however we can. Our family of memory care experts are ready to serve your family.