How can I tell if my mother has dementia?

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1musicloverever
March 2nd, 2017 10:21pm
This is what I found on Google: Forgetfulness and memory problems don't automatically point to dementia. These are normal parts of aging and can also occur due to other factors, such as fatigue. Still, you shouldn't ignore the symptoms. If you or someone you know is experiencing a number of dementia symptoms that aren't improving, talk with a doctor.
RamonaWinchester
October 13th, 2017 1:39pm
There are probably things you noticed that already made you think she has dementia - For example making a lot of notes so that she doesnt forget important things - going shopping or doing things she did her whole life become harder - forgetting words - trying to convince others that everything is alright There are many things. You could think about it - maybe she has problems like arteriosclerosis or a high blood pressure - or you have relatives that also had dementia. But sometimes similar things can be caused by having problems with the hearing so maybe she should check that and go to a doctor with these concerns
kindMoment44
May 6th, 2016 5:44pm
The best way will be to seek real medical attention. If your mother is unwilling to compromise, you might need to go to the doctors yourself, and let some other loved ones know your suspicions too, and see what the doctors say and can do for you.
deedee1909
May 13th, 2016 1:18pm
It is extremely difficult to diagnose someone with dementia. There may be some tell tale signs, such as memory loss, confusion and delusion, but should you be worries do consult a healthcare professional.
LooseLips
May 3rd, 2018 2:33pm
A dementia diagnosis should always be made by an experienced clinician, however signs may be noticed by friends and family before medical experts are involved. People with dementia may have trouble remembering things, such as the date, their location, or the identity of people they know. They may forget things that have happened or forget to do aspects of their daily life. You might also notice changes in mood or strange behaviours in some people. Dementia is a progressive condition, so may be subtle at first and better on some days compared to others. There can be many other causes of confusion, which is why dementia is not an easy diagnosis to make. If you are concerned about someone's memory and cognitive function then try and carefully bring it up with the person and encourage them to talk to their doctor.
Lotus48
January 14th, 2016 8:36pm
Constantly repeating and forgetting things on a short term basis. Having moment of forget coversations.
Greatlistener87
January 15th, 2016 1:21am
Its always good to get a professional to check on your mum before you diagnose her with anything. Always remember to put yourself in your mum's shoes when she is involved and imagine how it is for her.
TheGreyFixer
January 15th, 2016 2:34am
Take her to a doctor, talk about your concerns and have her properly checked out. Analysing her every move is not going to help either of you; it will only increase your stress, and if she really does have dementia then she will need the help that the medical system can provide.
Anonymous
January 23rd, 2016 6:58am
It's normal to forget things once in a while. However, forgetting how to make change, use the telephone, or find your way home are probably signs of a more serious memory problem. Well, if u brief me about the signs & symptoms that u have noticed then i can help you.
Amalovespurple
January 23rd, 2016 3:08pm
Usually the main signs of dementia is memory loss,but there are other signs to like: forgetting were they are , repeatedly asking the same question and forgetting familiar people (family,friends). But the best way to confirm whether or not she has dementia is to see a General Practitioner (GP).Hope this has been some help
Anonymous
January 24th, 2016 12:29pm
It might sound too simple but doctors are really the best people right now. There are things they can do to try and help. I hope everything works out
Anonymous
January 24th, 2016 8:19pm
As a person who lived with their Dementia/Alzheimer's grandmother for over 6 years, I can tell you the early signs will start out small. Like asking the same questions over and over,forgetting where they left something, forgetting someones name,things like that. It will,unfortunately, worsen over time so try to get them to the doctor as soon as possible.
Anonymous
January 27th, 2016 8:28am
Have you taken her to the doctor so that an official diagnosis can be made based on the symptoms she has having? This must really be worrying you so you must have noticed some odd signs that are concerning you and making you worry that she has dementia. It's a natural worry to jump to such associations, but going to the doctor can easily clear up the confusion and worry by providing you with an official diagnosis ..and then you can take the next step without any what if worries.
Anonymous
January 28th, 2016 4:10pm
I really don't know, only doctors can tell but you should go to a doctor and he will say if she has it
Anonymous
January 30th, 2016 2:37am
The only certain way would be to talk to a professional. If she seems to be forgetting things it may be just coming with age but it also may be something more serius
kindHand83
February 5th, 2016 12:29pm
If a loved one is experiencing some troubling memory problems, you might immediately conclude that it’s dementia. However, a person needs to have at least two types of impairment that are significant enough to interfere with everyday life to be considered a dementia diagnosis. In addition to difficulty remembering, the patient may also experience impairments in: language communication focus reasoning
Anonymous
February 10th, 2016 6:38am
It is hard to know but there are many online things for this and there are doctors please go see one and find out
Anonymous
February 17th, 2016 3:18pm
The best thing to do in this situation is to contact your doctor. He/she will be able to recognise the symptoms of dementia and if nessesary provide the care required.
MyriadHashbrown
February 18th, 2016 4:43pm
Dementia requires a medical diagnosis, and you should seek medical advice from a mental healthcare professional as soon as possible. Use the following symptoms for reference only, please do seek medical care for your mother. Symptoms include forgetfulness, limited social skills, and thinking abilities so impaired that it interferes with daily functioning. People may experience: Cognitive: memory loss, mental decline, confusion in the evening hours, disorientation, inability to speak or understand, making things up, mental confusion, or inability to recognize common things Behavioral: irritability, personality changes, restlessness, lack of restraint, or wandering and getting lost Muscular: inability to combine muscle movements or unsteady walking Mood: anxiety, loneliness, mood swings, or nervousness Psychological: depression, hallucination, or paranoia Also common: falling or jumbled speech
Steelymic
February 18th, 2016 10:22pm
There are many online tests you can complete to determine this - obviously they aren't an official diagnosis, but once you have completed a test you might feel more inlcined to then go to a doctor and take this further
Kitkatxo
February 25th, 2016 9:05pm
Normally she will start forgetting her words or something she has done a few minutes ago. Symptoms are on Google.
Anonymous
March 3rd, 2016 12:49am
Look for signs or forgetfulness beyond normal measure (multiple times a day, everyday), Preoccupation or frustration shown with not remembering.
LucyCat20
March 12th, 2016 6:48am
sit down and talk to her with the given facts and how you can be treated. make sure its not rushed
willowloves
March 16th, 2016 11:54am
My grandfather had it, they forget stuff & deteriorate quickly. Check with a doctor they'll tell you
ClarionCall
March 16th, 2016 4:55pm
Dementia is not a specific disease, but an easy way to describe a constellation of symptoms that are associated with a decline in someone's memory or an inability to cope with everyday tasks. Some of these symptoms include increasingly poor recall, difficulty communicating verbally, confusion, inability to focus, and degrading visual perception. However, a diagnosis of dementia can only be given by a mental health professional (and they are also the best equipped to give help.) If you suspect that one of your loved ones may have dementia, please set up an appointment with a professional or contact the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900.
Anonymous
March 16th, 2016 8:19pm
There are some signs to whether someone has dementia but the best way to know for sure is to have a doctor diagnose her.
Hanan96
March 18th, 2016 7:48am
well,while there are some sign of dementia,the best things to know wheter your mother get dementia or not, the best way is bring her to doctor. here are few sign,but made sure,that you will consult doctor before you decide wheter she has it or not -Forget about speech and language ability .like forgot how to call "key" a key, "door" etc -Forget environment,such as what date is it,wheres my home -unable to do daily things such as meal, cleaning house. -lost of short term memory,like suddenly forgot to go to some meetings,forgot where put her stuff.
Swifting
March 19th, 2016 8:57am
While dementia is a difficult thing to deal with and there are many warning signs such as forgetfulness, regression or retreating to an earlier time and place, asking questions repeatedly, and becoming blank and sitting almost absent minded... it is impossible to diagnose or know that dementia is the mental problem your mother is having or if she is having a problem at all without seeking a proper medical professionals opinion.
Druidess72
March 23rd, 2016 11:19pm
If there are symptoms you are concerned about talk to her doctor. They may not give you info but they will take what you say your concerned about and add it to wht they know to decide what care she needs.
Lozzur
March 24th, 2016 11:52am
Think you will need to take her to a professional there are some tests online but best to get a professional opinion