Hi everybody, my name is Patrick Philbrick I am the Executive Director of Harmony Home Care in Sacramento and today I wanted to talk briefly about early signs of dementia. I want to start with a story one of my clients told me not too long ago. Her mother was getting up in years and she stopped by from time to time just to check on her and make sure everything was okay. This time she stopped by and noticed the checkbook was out.
So she started looking into it and noticed there had been a lot of unusual spending lately. Mom had spent money on a lot of charities like the fireman's fund, and the retired police Association, things not terribly abnormal, but finally she came across a 20,000 Dollar that had been written to the zoo for a new duck sanctuary, and they had promised mom that if she donated this money she would get a plaque that
would be there forever and ever on the new building, and so she wrote them a check. That's about six months of living expenses for her mom. Her mom can't afford to do that so something was obviously wrong. A couple trips to the doctor and it was determined that her mom did have early onset Alzheimer's and dementia.
There is a common myth about dementia, that is that people like to call it old timer’s disease. Dementia is not a normal part of aging, it comes from disease. Another common myth is that Alzheimer's and dementia are the same thing. They’re not, Alzheimer's is a disease; dementia is a symptom, and can be caused by all kinds of things. You need to rule out some of the medical causes first.
Again, some of the symptoms could be writing more checks to charity, upset crying or confused for no reason, taking medications properly, not eating or drinking right, if the house is unusually messy, if they are unusually cranky moody obstinate, and of course if they're asking redundant questions. One quick way to find out is to go to our website, click the link here, we have a free mini mental exam, which many doctors will administer.
Also, give our staff a call. They are trained professionals and really friendly people that love answering questions and being helpful. They'll be able to help you with any questions you have about caring for elderly parents or elderly loved ones in general.