How The Elderly Can Cover Dementia Problems

If you have an elderly parent, there are signs that should be watched out for in case there is more than just a "senior moment".  If they are forgetting things consistently like paying bills or having problems finding the right word, it is more.  There is even a condition called anosognoisa where there is a lack of awareness or impairment.  

Sign One:

     Refusal to participate in an activity that they used to enjoy.  They may be having issues remembering how to do things that were second nature to them but now may have a problem with learning new things.


Sign Two: 

     Covering up problems.  Spouses or partners may cover up for their loved one by finishing sentences, making excuses or complete the task.  


Sign Three:

     Denying their own cognitive impairment.  Some seniors will insist they are fine when in reality, they are not.  Making excuses whatever they may be, covers up the elder by convincing themselves that they are okay.  


Sign Four:

       Keeping their cognitive decline a secret because they do not want to be placed in a home.  No one wants to give up their freedom and some elders feel that when they move into an assisted living facility, they have to give up their freedom.  Adult children should be on the lookout for signs of deterioration.


Sign Five:

       Having anosognosia.  This is a lack of awareness of impairment.  Most people do not even know they are ill and anosognosia affects a good chunk of people with Alzheimer's.  


If you are worried about how your parent(s) is functioning, watch them through their daily activities.  If they are not showering, not changing their clothes, you need to address the problems you are noticing immediately.  It is better to start sorting things out early rather than waiting for a crisis.