According to the Alzheimer’s Association of Canada, more than 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
But while the disease is common, affecting more than 44 million people worldwide, no one wants to believe they’re experiencing it. Therefore, when symptoms of dementia begin to appear, denial might also set in.
Our in-home care providers at Qualicare Vaughan want to share the signs of dementia so that you know what to look for in your loved one and can seek medical attention promptly if you spot any symptoms.
More Than Just a “Senior” Moment
There are a couple of ways one might be hiding dementia symptoms. Read on for a look:
Is there an activity your loved one used to enjoy? Perhaps she was always asking to help in the garden, or he needed to go on the grocery store runs every week.
If your loved one now isn’t wanting to participate in the activities he or she once enjoyed, it may actually be because he or she is having difficulty performing the task.
Perhaps your loved one forgot how to finish a crossword-puzzle or wash the laundry, and he or she just doesn’t want to admit it. If you start to see your loved one taking a step back from the usual enjoyments in his or her life, he or she might be suffering from dementia in silence and hiding it from you.
In fact, covering up problems by having someone else help with a task is another potential “hidden” sign of dementia.
Have you found that your loved one’s sentences or thoughts are finished by someone else? Or, do you see someone else stepping in to complete tasks or chores your loved one used to do his or herself?
If you see these things happening in a loved one, the best thing is not to simply assist him or her with everyday tasks and other activities. Seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause.