What’s The Difference between Forgetfulness and Dementia?

Important Guidelines from Our Skilled Nursing Facility Team in Rhode Island

Three seniors Going for a walk down memory laneHow can you tell if your forgetfulness (or that of an elderly loved one) is just a ‘senior moment’ or a sign of dementia? In our experience with seniors at our skilled nursing facility in Rhode Island, increasing or continual forgetfulness can be a cause for concern. The only way to really determine if it’s just a part of aging or a more serious problem is to have a professional assessment and complete medical exam.

Forgetfulness to some extent is normal; that’s why we have sticky notes and phone reminders. The tendency to forget things increases as we get older, but this is not to be mistaken for dementia.

Studies indicate that early warning signs may manifest themselves long before symptoms of dementia begin to show. The healthcare providers at our skilled nursing facility in Rhode Island have provided some guidelines to help you distinguish between forgetfulness and potential signs of dementia.

Symptoms of Typical, Age-Related Forgetfulness in Seniors

  • Occasional forgetfulness which is often caused by a lack of focus
  • Ability to recall and describe episodes of forgetfulness
  • May take time to remember directions but will not get lost in familiar places
  • Might have difficulty finding the right word occasionally, but no problem having a conversation
  • Ability to make decisions remains the same
  • Occasionally feeling weary or tired as a result of  work, family and social engagements

Potential Signs of Dementia

  • The forgetfulness worsens over time
  • Inability to recall or describe instances of forgetfulness
  • Getting lost or disoriented in familiar places, confusion with time and place
  • New problems with words in speaking and writing, repeats sentences or stories in the same conversation
  • Has trouble making choices and may exhibit socially inappropriate behavior
  • Withdrawal from activities because of the changes they are experiencing

If you are ever unsure about whether it is age-related memory loss or dementia, consult your doctor right away.

A lady kissing her old grand motherAt The Holiday Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Manville, Rhode Island, we have an experienced team to care for our residents who suffer from dementia. A care plan is specially designed to provide for the unique needs of your loved one. Round-the-clock care helps keep your parent safe and secure at all times. We also have well-planned dining menus and activities to keep residents well nourished, active and happy.

Are you looking for nursing homes in Rhode Island to care for a loved one who is suffering from dementia? Do you need short-term respite care while you are on a business trip or vacation? Come to our skilled nursing facility in Manville, Rhode Island for specialized care services that will give you peace of mind.

Give us a call at 401-765-1440 for more information on our skilled nursing facility or fill our online form to book a tour.