Speech Therapy & Dementia

Speech Therapy & Dementia

Monday, May 15, 2017

Memory complaints are common within the elderly population, and the frequency typically increases with age. Decline of memory function is a normal process of aging, but it may also be the result of an impairment such as dementia. The following are signs to watch for to help distinguish between normal aging and signs of early dementia. 

Normal AginG

-Forgetting the names of people they rarely see
-Not putting things away properly
-Mood changes in response to an appropriate cause
-Changes in their interests
-Complains about memory loss, but able to provide detailed examples of forgetfulness
-Occasionally searches for words
-May have to pause to remember directions, but doesn't’t get lost in familiar places
-Remembers recent important events; conversations are not impaired
-Interpersonal social skills are at the same level as they’ve always been

Early Signs of Dementia

-Forgetting the names of people close to them
-Repeating phrases or stories in the same conversation
-Unpredictable mood changes
-Decreased interest in activities & difficulty making choices
-May complain of memory loss only if asked; unable to recall specific instances
-Frequent word-finding pauses, substitutions
-Gets lost in familiar places and takes excessive time to return home
-Notable decline in memory for recent events and ability to converse
-Loss of interest in social activities; may behave in socially inappropriate ways
For more information about Butler County Health Care Center Speech Therapy services please call 402-367-1200.