Dementia is a condition in which a decline in mental ability – memory, organization, reasoning – interferes with a person’s ability to independently live their daily life.
Alzheimer’s is the most common kind of dementia, but not every dementia case is limited to Alzheimer’s. Additionally, Sundown Syndrome is a condition that is common among people living with dementia. It occurs later in the day and is marked by symptoms like confusion, agitation, wandering, and aggression.
Overall, dementia symptoms include constant short-term memory problems such as misplacing personal items such as a purse or keys (or putting them in odd places), mismanaging money, forgetting to pay bills, struggling to plan and prepare meals, forgetting errands or appointments, or getting disoriented in places that used to be familiar. Dementia can be difficult not only for the person suffering from it but also for that person’s caregivers, who are constantly faced with decisions about what the person can and cannot do on their own.
Resources for Dementia:
From the American Psychological Association, “Cognitive Aging Efforts”