Recognizing Signs of Dementia in Your Loved One

Dementia Signs NEILS

As we help to care for our elderly it can be a stressful process. Worrying and wondering – what is normal behavior for a senior of their age? What is dangerous and should be addressed?

it’s natural to be concerned about the health and well-being of aging parents. One particular condition that can be worrisome is dementia. Recognizing the early signs of dementia in a loved one is crucial for ensuring they receive the support and care they need. At NorthEast Independent Living Services (NEILS), we understand the importance of early detection and intervention when it comes to dementia.

In this blog, we’ll explore some common signs of dementia to look out for in your elderly parents. We’ll also provide you with valuable insights and guidance on how to best support them through this challenging journey.

Possible Signs of Dementia

Here are possible signs of dementia to watch out for in loved ones, along with examples of each

Memory Changes: Forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information repeatedly, relying on memory aids like sticky notes, or forgetting recently learned information.

Difficulty Performing Familiar Tasks: Struggling to follow a familiar recipe, pay bills, or remember the rules of a favorite game.

Changes in Language and Communication Abilities: Difficulty following or joining a conversation, stopping in the middle of a conversation and not know how to continue, using unusual words to refer to familiar objects.

Confusion and Disorientation: Getting lost in familiar places, not recognizing familiar people or places, or forgetting how they got somewhere.

Difficulty Reasoning and Problem-Solving: Trouble with everyday tasks that require planning, such as following a recipe, paying bills, or following a simple schedule.

Trouble with Coordination and Motor Functions: Difficulty with balance, walking, or putting on clothes.

Difficulty Recalling Recent Experiences or Conversations: Forgetting where they placed items, repeating the same question or story in a short period of time.

Acting Out Dreams in Sleep and Experiencing Visual Hallucinations: Acting out vivid dreams, often with violent or aggressive behavior.

Repetition of Daily Tasks and Activities: Repeating the same action, such as washing dishes multiple times or taking out the trash repeatedly.

Unusual Behavioral Changes: Exhibiting uncharacteristic behaviors, such as increased irritability, agitation, or suspiciousness, or displaying a lack of interest in usual activities.

It’s important to note that experiencing one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean a person has dementia. However, if you notice any of these changes in your loved one, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for further evaluation and guidance.


Recognizing signs of dementia in a loved one can be a challenging and emotional journey. As a home health care provider, we understand the impact that these changes can have on both the individual and their families. We approach every situation with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to providing the best possible care and support.

If you’re concerned that your loved one could have dementia, please know that you’re not alone in this journey. Contact NEILS for compassionate and professional home health care services that cater to the unique needs of individuals living with dementia. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.

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