As our parents get older, we might start to notice they start to forget much more than just “where they left the keys” or simply just forgetting their wallet or phone. You might notice their memory loss is interfering with the daily activities. As a child, of an older adult with dementia, it can be very daunting to realize your parent will need more supervised care.
Dementia is a group of symptoms affecting your memory, thinking and social abilities. But having memory loss alone does not mean you may have dementia.
Here are some of the Symptoms of Dementia:
- Memory Loss
- Having a hard time communicating
- Trouble focusing or paying attention
- Confusion and disorientation
There are 5 types of Dementia that are not reversible:
- Alzheimer’s disease- This is the most common cause of progressive dementia in older adults. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking abilities.
- Vascular dementia- This is the second common type of dementia and is caused by the vessels that supply to your brain.
- Lewy body dementia- Lewy bodies are abnormal balloon like clumps of protein that have been found in the brain of people with Lewy body dementia.
- Frontotemporal dementia- This is a group of diseases characterized by a breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells and their connections in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.
- Mixed dementia- Autopsy studies of the brains of people 80 and older who had dementia indicate that many had a combination of several causes, such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia.
If you feel your parent might have more than one of these symptoms, please discuss this with a physician. If the physician, does diagnose your parent with dementia and feel there is no one to care for your parent properly at home; please start by having the conversation with your family. As a family, you will have to discuss all the suitable care options. An assisted living with memory care might be a great solution for mom or dad. At an assisted living facility, they will be able to get the best memory care has to offer. They will always be 24/7 supervised care, as caregivers, they will be able to take care of any need they may have. They can assist them with bathing, dressing, brushing their teeth, and even escort to areas around the facility, like the dining room.
Here at Placement Helpers we specialize in finding the best possible Assisted Living facility for your loved one. Please call us to get a full assessment of your family’s options. It would be our pleasure to assist you in this time of need.