Dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to disease or damage in the brain that is greater than what might be expected from normal aging. Cognitive function refers to how a person comes to know and interpret things.
Dementia can occur at any stage of adulthood. However, it is much more common in people over age 65.
With dementia, the cognitive or knowing areas that can be affected include attention, language, memory and problem solving. Most frequently in the later stages of dementia people can be disoriented in time (not knowing what day of the week, month or year it is). They may also become disoriented in place and person (not knowing where they are or who they are).
The effects caused by dementia can be widely different depending on the person and the underlying cause of the condition. These signs and symptoms can be obvious or subtle, and go unrecognized for a long time. The first effect of dementia is usually short-term memory loss. Other indications of early dementia are:
- Forgetting names and appointments
- Losing things
- Difficulty doing familiar tasks
- Word-finding difficulty
- Uncharacteristic behavior
- Confusion, disorientation in unfamiliar surroundings
- Poor judgment
- Mood swings
- Personality changes.
Intermediate dementia has some signs and symptoms. Some of these are:
- Worsening of the signs and symptoms in early dementia
- Abnormal moods
- Disrupted sleep
- Poor concentration, inattention
- Inability to learn new information
- Greater risk of falls and accidents because of poor judgment and confusion.
There are also effects that are caused by severe dementia. These include:
- Complete dependence on others for daily living activities
- Inability to move or walk from place to place unassisted
- Worsening of the signs and symptoms seen in early and intermediate dementia
- Complete loss of both short-term and long-term memory
- Complications like dehydration, aspiration, seizures and malnutrition.
If this describes a parent or loved one, you may have applied for financial help on their behalf from the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by dementia. Was your parent or loved one denied?
If so, you may be trying to figure out what to do next? What options do you have?
One thing that you can do is to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do on behalf of your parent or loved one, think about this.
Your parent or loved one may need the advice and representation of a disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com in this process. The reason for this is because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people who are without a lawyer.