Is This Dementia? 5 Early Warning Signs to Help Determine

     Colorado residents who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia are a fast growing part of our population. In fact, Colorado is expected to be one of the top five states with the most growth in persons living with Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.     


AlzOrAging 2     For caregivers, knowing if changes they see in a loved one are a natural part of the aging process or something more serious can be difficult to determine.

      Geriatric Care Manager, Kirsten Hartman works with families in Larimer, Loveland, Greeley, and Fort Collins every day. When it comes to understanding the differences between normal aging and dementia, she offers the following advice:

      1. Memory Loss. We all forget things. If your aging loved one seems to be more forgetful than most of us, think about what they are forgetting. Is it appointments and activities or faces and names? Not remembering people they have known for a long time can indicate a more serious problem. If they forgot about appointments they made or events they were supposed to attend, do they remember them later? If it is dementia, they likely do not remember at all.

     2. Losing Things. Keys, glasses and cell phones are hard for many people to keep track of at any age. We can usually find them by retracing our path that day. For those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, however, finding things they’ve lost becomes difficult because they aren’t able to recreate what they did that day.

     3. A Change in Personality. People in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease often realize something is wrong. They aren’t sure what it is, but is often causes them to be fearful. They may become withdrawn and irritable. A typically gregarious person may now be difficult and not want to be around other people. Most experts believe it is because they aren’t sure what is happening to them.

     4. Getting Lost in Familiar Places. This is probably the classic behavior we’ve all heard about. An older person goes out to make a stop at the grocery store and becomes lost on their way home. An older adult in the beginning stages of dementia may forget where they are or how to get home. They may have trouble even remembering what day it is.

     5. Change in Judgment. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can impair a person’s ability to make good decisions. Even in the early stages of the disease. This makes them easy prey for scam artists and fraud. Especially by telephone. If your loved one receives a lot of telemarketing calls or seems to be on the phone with strangers a lot, it is probably something you need to investigate more.


Do you have a loved one living with dementia? What was the first signal you had that there was a problem?

From personal care needs and case management to guardianship concerns, Seniors in Transition provides consulting services to help families turn frustrating health care problems into quality, affordable solutions. Kirsten Hartman with Seniors in Transition is here to help families in the Fort Collins, CO and Loveland, CO areas. Visit our website at or call 970.204.6977, today.


2013 Walk to End Alzheimers   POSTPONED**

September 14, 2013

7:30 am  check in /  9:00 am    5K Walk

The Ranch  -  Larimer County Events Center     Loveland Colorado 80538

Contact: Melinda Brown  970-472-9798 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Walk as a Team, or Walk as an Individual


**Because of the flood and weather the Fort Collins Walk has been postponed

please check back for updates


Other walks coming up:

Greeley 9/21/2013  or  Denver 9/21/2013

primi sui motori con e-max


Blog Categories

  • Caregiving Issues Articles

    Caregiving Tips gives insight to common issues that caregivers are faced with. Each article offers advice and tips to handle the many challenges of caregiving.

  • Memory & Dementia Articles

    The articles in our Memory & Dementia section focus on the challenges of caring for a family member/loved one with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia and memory loss.

  • Planning for Death Articles

    Each article offers advice and tips to handle the challenges of dealing with an aging parent or loved one who may be nearing their end of life.

  • Did You Know?

    Did You Know? provides helpful articles related to a variety of topics and news/events that concern both the aging parent and their loved ones or caregiver.

Home   |   Privacy Policy   |   Site Map   |   Contact Us

(970) 204-6977   |   2627 Pasquinel Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80526   |   
Seniors in Transition, LLC © Copyright    |   Created by 

Click for the BBB Business Review of this Senior Citizens Service Organization in Fort Collins CO