Dementia

Dementia and memory lossDementia occurs when there are multiple cognitive changes that include memory loss.  Dementia may be caused by a medical condition, persistent substance abuse, or a combination of factors.

Other conditions associated with dementia include stroke, brain tumor, nutritional deficiencies, traumatic brain injury, infection, endocrine disorders, cerebrovascular diseases, seizures, and aging.

 

  • Symptoms of dementia include memory loss and any of the following:
  •  Forgetting names or words
  •  Difficulty combining muscle movements
  •  Losing the ability to recognize people, sounds, shapes, or smells
  •  Showing poor judgment
  •  Difficulty solving problems
  •  Problems multitasking
  •  Inability to control responses
  •  Difficulty with organization

 

Forgetfulness is often one of the first symptoms of dementia.  The process of dementia can go through several stages including mild, moderate, and severe.

Mild Dementia:

During the earliest phases of dementia, the following symptoms may occur such as  Depression, forgetfulness, misplacing items, forgetting names (people, objects, places), personality changes, loss of social skills, blaming others for “stealing” items, repeating of stories or statements, more difficulty handling money.

Moderate Dementia:

When dementia progresses further, the following symptoms may occur: Changes in sleeping patterns, forgetting current events, confused regarding time and place, forgets names of family or friends, forgets pots on the stove, behave inappropriately, see or hear things that aren’t there, more repetitive, and lack personal hygiene.

Severe Dementia:

During the later stages of dementia, the following symptoms may occur: Inability to recall what happened minutes ago, no recognition of family or friends, extra hygiene help (eating, washing, bathing), feeling disturbed at night, looking for a deceased relative, difficulty walking, aggressive, and have uncontrolled movements.

Getting evaluated for dementia is the first step.  Participating in a neuropsychological evaluation can confirm or refute a dementia diagnosis.  Neuropsychological testing can also provide information regarding the strengths and weakness of the individual.  This information can help treatment providers better understand the individual’s condition and develop treatment plans to address his/her specific needs.

The team of clinical psychologists of Neuropsychological Assessment Group are able to assess for any of these conditions and have done so for scores of individuals over the last decade.

You are invited to contact NPAG and get the answers you need to make an informed decision.

(877) 454-6469