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As your loved ones age, you may begin to notice normal signs they are getting older. Some of these, such as moving more slowly or not being as quick mentally, can be normal. But other signs could indicate a serious issue.

Dementia is a mental disorder that typically happens in older adults. It impacts the way the brain works, specifically, the memory centers. Being able to recognize the early signs of dementia will help you to keep your loved one safer and allow you to figure out how to help them.

Signs to note

A noticeable decline in memory or cognitive abilities is often one of the first signs. You may tend to write this off as normal aging and it may be, but when coupled with other symptoms, it is something worth noting. Other symptoms may include mood changes, a decrease in physical hygiene, a lack of ability to do daily tasks, confusion and a decrease in social interactions.

Steps to take

If you see these symptoms, you should try to seek help. Get your loved one to a doctor to ensure there is no other reason for the issues. Once you rule out potential health problems, you can begin a plan for combating dementia.

You may want to install cameras in his or her home to watch over. This can give you peace of mind and allow you to monitor safety and security. You can use other technology as well to help you keep an eye on your loved one if you have concerns about him or her living alone and there is no desire to move.

Dementia can be a difficult disease for both the person suffering and those who love them. It is often hard to get the person to agree to get help because the impact of dementia will also lessen their ability to make decisions. Still, you can provide a good support system and use tools, such as technology, to help you care for the person.