Patient Comments: Dementia - Symptoms

Question:Are you caring for someone with dementia? What early symptoms did he/she experience at the onset of dementia?

Comment from: Plaques, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 12

I care for my husband who has Vascular Dementia. When we first noticed something was wrong he was asking the same question over and over. Now we are at the point where he has a hard time with balance and walking. He is up 2 or 3 times a night wondering and repeatedly get lost in the bathroom and cannot get out. He is incontinent and has to be watched all day. We have qualified for home health care to assist in his care.

Comment from: Tiegra, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: March 25

My neighbor is in her 80's. We have been very close and a couple of months ago I noticed that she was starting to ask the same question over and over again within minutes of asking it and each time I answered her the same and it was if it were the first time she asked it. She has also started to go off on subject tangents and was in denial of certain things (losing her hearing). Tonight I spoke with her adult granddaughter who told me my neighbor has been diagnosed with dementia. I take fruit over to her and walk with her and just visit with her several days a week and take her on errands with me and to the dog park with my 2 dogs which she enjoys.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: December 21

First was difficulty with reading and writing numbers. Example, she could not add or subtract and eventually became unable to understand a simple card game like go fish or rummy.

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