In regard to misplacing things, those who are experts in dealing with forgetfulness say it's "normal" at almost any age. Having been fortunate enough to have been exposed the past couple years to some studies about dementia (and Alzheimer’s), I learned if one forgets, for instance, where one has placed one's keys, it's not even close to being dementia. What IS close to identifying dementia is forgetting one even HAS keys. That, indeed, would be a red flag, to say the least and definitely worthy of expert professional help.
In regard to paranoia, it's a very disheartening, sad and very debilitating part of the human condition. It's also a close cousin to dementia's progression. When one becomes paranoid, the fears are almost always unfounded in reality, but our minds sometimes play very bad tricks with otherwise rational thinking. Many of us have had "mind games" develop. Those "games" may have sometimes led to suspicions about the actions of others, be they friends, acquaintances or just people in general. Those perceptions have most often no basis in reality and could, of course, lead to irrational and possibly dangerous reactive behavior. Once again, when one feels paranoia has overtaken rational thinking and behavior, it's common sense to want to seek professional help.
Regarding dementia, we hear about it almost daily, but sometimes confuse it with Alzheimer’s disease. Two of my family members passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia (60 to 80 percent of cases, according to AARP’s Kathleen Fifield). In simplest terms, dementia is a non-reversible decline in mental function. Areas included in dementia are disorientation, disorganization, language impairment and memory loss, while Alzheimer’s (again, a form of dementia) slowly and irreversibly destroys memory and thinking skills.
or much more information about this subject, I respectfully defer to Ebenezer's Marysue Moses, MA, an expert specialist regarding the subject of dementia, its identification and treatment. Ms. Moses is Ebenezer's Dimensions Program Coordinator. You can read her helpful memory care blogs right here, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contacting and possibly visiting with Marysue would be, in my opinion, one of the most important contacts and visits one could ever make in regard to learning more about dementia and using that education to help better deal with the lives of those affected.
Thank you for reading, as always.