Dementia is a term used to describe a decline in cognitive function, including memory, language, and problem-solving abilities. There are many different causes of dementia, and it can be challenging to spot in its early stages. Some signs that a parent may be experiencing dementia include:
Memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information or important dates
Difficulty completing familiar tasks, such as paying bills or cooking meals
Confusion about time and place
Difficulty with language, such as forgetting words or using the wrong words
Poor judgment, such as wearing inappropriate clothing for the weather
Changes in mood and behavior, such as becoming more withdrawn or agitated
During the Covid-19 lockdown, fundamental became aware of my mother's lack of judgement and how she was doing many things out of familiarity with her environment, not having real knowledge of how to use the washing machine or the stove. The instant we moved due to safety concerns, it was undeniable that she had lost the ability to do minor everyday things.
If you suspect that your parent may be experiencing dementia, it is essential to encourage them to see a doctor. The doctor can perform a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of the cognitive decline and recommend treatment options.