Being forgetful or having trouble remembering things doesn’t automatically mean that you have dementia. It’s just a natural result of aging or being fatigued. Something like forgetting why you walked into a room could be a sign of Alzheimer’s dementia – or, it could mean that you are simply exhausted. The difference is that the person with dementia won’t just forget why they walked into a room — the room itself will seem strange and unfamiliar to them.
There were approximately 5.7 million Americans of all ages living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2018. For people age 65 and older, there were 5.5 million and for those under age 65, there were 200,000. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.
Here is a list of the most common symptoms of dementia. If you or a loved one have a number of these symptoms of dementia that aren’t improving, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with your physician to rule out or diagnose dementia.
- Struggles to remember recent events, although it is easy to recall things that happened in the past
- Finds it hard to follow conversations
- Forgets the names of friends or everyday objects
- Cannot recall things just heard, seen or read
- Has difficulty finding the right words or is not being able to understand conversations; loses the thread of what you are saying
- Has problems thinking and reasoning
- Has increasing difficulty with tasks and activities that require concentration
- Feels anxious, depressed or angry
- Feels confused even when in a familiar environment or frequently gets lost on familiar journeys
For more information about Alzheimer’s dementia and how to best care for someone living with Alzheimer’s, contact www.accessnursing.com, or call one of our offices today — 212-286-9200 (New York) / 201-217-0707 (New Jersey).