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If you have an elder loved one they may need extra protection when it comes to making decisions. This can be particularly true if they have a health condition that impacts their cognitive functioning.

Dementia can be a common health concern for those who are aging. By knowing the signs you can help protect your elderly loved ones.

How dementia can impact legal decisions

If someone you love has dementia, then it can directly impact their ability to make sound decisions. This is because they may forget that they made a decision, or be unaware of conversations they have had shortly after they have had them. Not only that but being forgetful may open them up to coercion and forms of elder abuse.

Common signs of dementia

One of the most common signs of dementia is forgetfulness. Not only will someone with dementia forget small details or things that just happened, but they may also begin to forget important things, like who their close family members or friends are. They may even forget what year it is or how old they are. Another sign of dementia is frequent mood changes. Those with dementia may become more irritable, and they may become more angry or combative as a result.

Caring for an elderly loved one can come along with many challenges, especially if they have dementia and may need extra protection. While it may not always be easy to care for a loved one with dementia, by being aware of their condition you can help protect them properly.