If you’re beginning a career in training for healthcare then you’ll know of the many important symptoms to look for in care patients to ensure they are in good health. In this article we explore the warning signs of dementia, one of the leading causes of death for men and women in the UK.
One of the most common signs to look for is memory loss, particularly forgetting newly learned information, or not remembering important dates or events. This problem will also manifest when asking for the same information time and time again and will require the likelihood of relying on memory aids, such as reminder notes or electronic devices.
Difficulty When Planning
Some elderly patients with dementia can experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or identify regular patterns when using numbers. It’s also common to see this problem arise when following a familiar recipe or accounting for incoming and outgoings, or tracking bill payments. More concentration and time is needed for the everyday tasks, longer than usual.
Failure Completing Tasks At Work
Because dementia isn’t age specific, it can affect people ho have full time working jobs. Although the illness may not show fully in a younger person, the signs will still be present. At work, driving to an office, managing a budget or organising everyday administration tasks will be grossly affected and the failure to repeat such duties well will increase over time.
Confusing Times And Places
People with Alzheimer’s can get muddled up when trying to pinpoint a certain place, date or time of day. The passage of time isn’t always clear and can result in a patient not knowing when something has or will likely happen. An unfortunate sign of dementia os a patient not remembering if they were at a place days, weeks or years ago, which can bring trauma on people close by that shared those memories.
Problems With Visual Images
For some patients, experiencing vision problems is a clear indicator of the onset of dementia. They may struggle to read, judge distance and identify colour or contrast, which is dangerous when completing tasks involving heavy machinery, operating a vehicle or when caring for children or other elderly people.
This article was submitted by PCHT, a leading healthcare training company in Europe. More information can be found online at www.pcht.ie