Does Memory Loss Mean Dementia?

Is it age-related memory loss or dementia? This is a question you might ask yourself when a parent, spouse or aging loved one forgets where they’ve kept something or repeats themselves. The answer is not that simple.

According to a study published in a March 2015 release of CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a total of 12.6 percent of households reported at least one adult who experienced increased confusion or memory loss. The study also shows that in nearly 6 percent of households, all adults experienced increased confusion or memory loss. When there is no underlying medical condition, it may be considered as part of the normal aging process. However, in the case of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the memory loss may be extreme and accompanied by disorientation and confusion.

The experts at our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care community have provided a basic overview of the differences for your understanding. Keep in mind, however, that the differentiation may be subtle and any concerns you have should be addressed by a doctor.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia poses a variety of challenges for family members. In addition to memory loss, difficulty communicating, and not being able to take care of themselves, the affected individuals may also experience mood swings which can completely change their personality. Limited mobility and coordination, or mental confusion and wandering can also result in a significant risk to their safety, necessitating constant supervision.

At Wesley Enhanced Living, we provide dedicated care for your loved ones who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia. With our specialized support and assistance, your family member can enjoy a good quality of life. Visit Bridges, WEL’s dedicated Alzheimer’s and dementia care unit at our Stapeley location in Philadelphia,  offering safe and comfortable living arrangements that keep your loved ones secure. Our Sales Manager will be happy to show you around and explain the services we provide.

To learn more about the services and amenities Wesley Enhanced Living provides for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia, please visit us. You can also click here to request more information today.

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