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Signs to Look for With Dementia

Dementia is often misunderstood, leading to many of its early signs going unnoticed. This is because dementia is complex, and the word itself is used to describe several different diseases, each of which affects cognitive function. It is made even more confusing by the fact that some amount of memory loss is normal as one ages. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, however, are not a natural part of the aging process.

Whereas natural memory loss may manifest itself infrequently, over trivial items that have little bearing on the tasks of everyday life, memory loss caused by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is even more severe. It can significantly alter the quality of life, making even the simplest tasks seem insurmountable. It can affect parts of the brain that govern things like speech, reasoning, and visual perception.

Therefore, it’s imperative to know the signs of dementia and to recognize them if you witness them. Here are five warning signs that suggest someone could be living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.


Loss of verbal capabilities

Diminished verbal communication skills are among the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Whether it’s finding the right word, or the inability to string together correct sentences that convey the intended meaning, the loss of verbal communication skills may manifest itself in several different forms.

When compounded with the inability to participate in a conversation or a decreased ability to do so, this could be a sign that it is time to go to a specialist to be evaluated.



Decreased visual and spatial abilities are warning signs of dementia and can be a serious issue for those who live with the disease. Not only can it lead to difficulty driving or navigating other tasks of daily life – it can lead to someone getting lost or injured. Disorientation about time is another warning sign, as someone who repeatedly forgets the date, or the day of the week could be living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.


Loss of interest and other attitude changes

Depression, anxiety and other sudden mood changes can be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Losing interest in common behaviors and routines can be a sign of depression and dementia. Another worrisome sign is acting fearful or suspicious.


Lack of personal hygiene

The inability to take care of oneself or living space is a red flag. When someone begins to eschew basic standards of hygiene and cleanliness, it can be a concerning symptom that can indicate a larger problem.


Difficulty with everyday tasks

The inability to perform the basic functions of daily life, such as cooking, cleaning and managing finances is a major red flag. It can indicate a lack of concentration, or diminishing concentration skills, and an inability to remember simple routines. This is often a result of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

When this occurs, it is best to see a specialist as soon as possible to consider the next step for you or your loved one.


Sagora Senior Living has more than 30 communities that offer Memory Care programs. Our program follows the Sagora Pathways model, which offers carefully crafted, purposeful programming to those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Residents enjoy the very best in lifestyles, care and activities, with specialized plans tailored to their individual needs.


Call today to speak with one of our experts and see how we can safeguard your loved one’s future.

Do you have questions? We have answers.

At Sagora Senior Living our goal is to be accessible to our residents and their families, our future associates, and our customers. To that end, we look forward to hearing from you.
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