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The Warning Signs of Dementia
 
Although every case of Alzheimer’s disease is different, experts have identified common warning signs of the brain disease. Remember, Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, and it is important to look for signs that might indicate Alzheimer’s disease versus basic forgetfulness.

The symptoms of dementia vary, depending on the type of disease causing it and will gradually increase and become more persistent.

Typical warning signs include:
  • Memory loss, especially of recent events, names, placement of objects, and other new information.
  • Confusion about time, place or people.
  • Struggling to complete familiar actions, such as brushing teeth or getting dressed.
  • Trouble finding the appropriate words, completing sentences, and following directions and conversations.
  • Poor judgment when making decisions.
  • Changes in mood and personality, such as increased suspicion, rapid and persistent mood swings, withdrawal, and disinterest in usual activities.
  • Difficulty with complex mental assignments, such as balancing a checkbook or other tasks involving numbers.
  • Loss of interest in important responsibilities.
  • Seeing or hearing things.
  • Expressing false beliefs.
Legal and Financial Planning For a Person with Dementia

Families who have a loved one with dementia should take a look at legal and financial issues –and the sooner, the better. Advance planning may enable individuals with dementia to provide input into the decision-making before loss of cognitive abilities prevents them from doing so.

In addition, advance planning may relieve some of the burden on caregivers and other family members when important issues arise during the progression of the disease.

Here are some issues to consider:
  • Review of financial resources and investment portfolios, including bank and investment accounts, bonds, Social Security and employer pensions.
  • Insurance coverage, including health, disability, life, prescription drug and long-term care.
  • Long-term care options, including in-home care, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
  • End-of-life wishes regarding life-sustaining procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), artificial feeding and artificial breathing and palliative care (treatments to manage symptoms and relieve pain).
  • Preparation of estate planning documents and advance directives, such as a will, a living will that states end-of-life wishes and a durable power of attorney that appoints a person to make medical decisions on an individual’s behalf.
  • Hospice care - and whether this care for the terminally ill should be provided at home or in a hospital or long-term care facility.
If you need more information, feel free to contact your Administrator. We also have a number of Local, State and National Organizations listed that can provide you with additional help and support.