7 A’s of Dementia
Dementia is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and it can be challenging to understand and manage. The 7 A’s of dementia are a helpful way to categorize some of the symptoms that people with dementia may experience.
- Anosognosia, which refers to a lack of awareness or insight into one’s own condition. People with anosognosia may not be aware that they have dementia or may not understand the extent of their symptoms
- Amnesia, which is a common symptom of dementia. People with dementia may have difficulty remembering things like recent events or important details from their past.
- Aphasia, which refers to problems with language and communication. People with dementia may have trouble finding the right words, understanding spoken or written language, or expressing themselves clearly.
- Agnosia, which is a difficulty recognizing or identifying familiar objects or people. People with agnosia may struggle to recognize faces or common objects like a toothbrush or a spoon.
- Apraxia, which is difficulty carrying out complex tasks or movements, even if the person understands the task itself. People with apraxia may struggle with everyday tasks like getting dressed or preparing a meal.
- Altered perception, which refers to changes in the way a person perceives their environment. People with altered perception may experience visual or auditory hallucinations, or they may perceive objects or people differently than they actually are.
- Apathy, which is a lack of motivation or interest in activities that a person used to enjoy. People with apathy may seem disinterested or emotionally flat, and they may struggle to engage with others or participate in hobbies or social activities.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be a sign of dementia. It’s important to speak with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss potential treatment options. At Health2Home, we offer senior home care services to support individuals with dementia and other conditions to live as independently and comfortably as possible.