Unlike many health conditions that may develop or come to light at once, dementia may come on gradually, making the signs confusing and easy to miss. The symptoms that most people find familiar—memory loss, confusion, and disorientation—are not the only signs that someone may be developing Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.
What other signs may indicate a problem other than those mentioned above? Unexplained physical changes (weight, frailty, gait, movement) could indicate a health problem or that your loved one is forgetting to eat or is unsure where they are going. If their living conditions have become unusual, and you notice burn or scorch marks, mold or water damage, stacks of unpaid bills, or expired food, these could be signs that their mental state is compromised.
To further understand if someone you love needs more help than you can provide, take this free assessment provided by CountryHouse. The questions asked in the assessment can help you determine if someone you love needs memory care, or if not, what other options may be available to ensure they’re living life safely and with dignity.