The first step is talking with your loved one’s primary care provider. They may perform tests to determine the root cause of the problem. In some cases, such as when medications are to blame for a foggy memory, the fix may be as simple as changing a prescription.
Some types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, have no cure. However, medications can be used to improve a person’s quality of life. “The earlier dementia is detected, the better treatments such as medications and memory aids can be attempted to preserve brain function,” Vora says.
If you care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia, remember to take care of yourself, too. Eating right, exercise and spending time with friends and family not only help you cope with stress, but can also help with your overall well-being.