As you age, it is only natural to become more forgetful. It is only when this forgetfulness becomes more frequent or even dangerous, that it becomes a concern for you and your family. You might worry that this increased forgetfulness could be a much larger issue – dementia. Here are some important things to consider.
What are the symptoms to watch for?
Forgetfulness is not the only sign of dementia of which to be aware. There are many other, unexpected signs as well. According to the National Institute on Aging, some of these signs include:
- Regular bouts of confusion
- Challenges comprehending speech and speaking
- Sudden depression or anxiety
- Acting strangely or out of character
- Difficulty completing everyday tasks
As it is with any condition, the symptoms can be different for each and every person. You may not experience or notice all of these signs, but it is important to be aware of what your normal is, and when you start experiencing issues outside of that.
What if you notice these signs?
Being in denial about these signs – or the reality of dementia – is common. You may very well go through the stages of grief, and have feelings of fear that fuel your denial. This is all understandable. However, it is so important to obtain medical help as soon as possible if you notice these signs.
Arrange for official tests to diagnose dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It can help to bring a trusted friend or family member with you for support and comfort.
Getting a diagnosis can be key to helping you move forward with potential treatment options. In addition to treatment, it can help you prepare for this unexpected future as well.
Another important step to take
If you suspect dementia or receive an official diagnosis, you should:
- Make sure your estate plan is updated and accurate
- Speak to your family about your wishes now
In the early stages, dementia may not have a significant impact. However, that is when it will be critical to take steps to protect everything you have built in California as well as your family’s interests. If you act quickly, you can avoid any challenges to your wishes based on your state of mind.