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Symptoms of Dementia

Symptoms of Dementia: Decreased Problem-Solving Ability

The term dementia is one that refers to the decline in cognitive function. Some of the common symptoms that occur when a person may be developing dementia include forgetfulness, decreased problem-solving ability, or even irritability. If your loved one is experiencing the symptom of decreased problem-solving ability it can really cause difficulties in their life. Not only does it decrease the ability to effectively solve problems, but it can also cause problems with planning.

How is a Decreased Problem-Solving Ability Dangerous?

While sometimes it may not seem as though a decline in problem-solving ability is a big deal, it can present danger to the lives of those whom it affects. When someone loses their ability to effectively solve problems, that will not only affect them solving problems, but also presents a difficulty following outlined directions. This can become extremely dangerous when it comes to driving. If someone is suffering from a decreased ability to solve problems, that makes driving much more dangerous for everyone on the road. It becomes much more difficult for the person to react when someone makes an unexpected maneuver when driving.

Early Signs

Some of the early signs of a decreased ability to solve problems may include difficulty planning events in their lives. When these signs start showing, it will seem as though it is impossible for your loved one to plan out anything, whether it is a plan for their day or a long-term plan. While forgetfulness may also be a symptom of old age, the decline of problem-solving abilities and difficulties making plans are not caused by old age alone. These signs are manifested when it may become difficult for your loved ones to follow the directions on a recipe, or even when trying to figure out how to pay their bills. 

Getting the Help You Deserve

If you or a loved one is struggling with problem-solving or planning, then you may want to consider taking a trip to the doctor. At the doctor’s office, there are tests that can be run to see if there is a decline in cognitive function. These tests will help show you the strengths and weaknesses in your cognitive function so that you can know exactly how your brain is functioning. If a doctor feels it is appropriate, they could prescribe a medication that could briefly relieve the symptoms of the cognitive decline. These medications will not stop the symptoms from fully manifesting, or even stop the cognitive decline, but they will help relieve the symptoms for a while.

Creating a Treatment Plan

With the help of your doctor, you can create a treatment plan that will help you or your loved one as they cope with this difficulty. You could make a choice to go on medication or try other methods that could help with dementia. One recommended plan would be to establish a routine for the person who is struggling with dementia. Having a routine will give them something that they can follow, so they do not have to struggle through planning or problem-solving difficulties. As dementia worsens, it may be necessary to revise the treatment plan or to seek additional care, as these problems can cause difficulties in all aspects of their lives.

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