Anyone Over 40 Needs to Know These 12 Early Signs of Dementia

Dementia is a term which is commonly used for a health issue such as decline in the mental ability. It is manifested by extreme difficulties in thinking and memory loss.

What is dementia?

Dementia isn’t a disease, but a generic term which describes particular mental disorders, such as:

-Parkinson’s Disease

-Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

-Vascular Dementia

-Dementia with Lewy Bodies

-Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)

-Frontotemporal Dementia

-Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

-Huntington’s Disease

-Alzheimer’s

Although there are more than a hundred different types of dementia, Alzheimer`s is the most prevalent type, occupying more than 50% of dementia cases. However, all dementia cases are progressive (meaning that as time passes by, the life and condition of the patient is getting worse) and damage the brain.

Dementia Affects Different People Differently

Dementia affects people in different ways, depending on their physical and emotional stability and personality. Although it is incurable, early diagnosis can help a lot to detect the problem promptly. The following 12 early signs of dementia will help you to address the problem on time:

  1. Short Term Memory Problems

The commonest sign of dementia are the short-term memory problems. At the very beginning, these changes are subtle. It makes the person to remember people and events of so many years ago, whereas fail to remember recent events. They can’t recall why they went somewhere or where they put something.

  1. Difficulty with Choosing a Suitable Word

Potential victims of dementia find difficult to have a meaningful conversation with other people because they cannot remember of a specific word they want to use in a sentence which is appropriate for the occasion.

  1. Mood Swings

Potential victims of dementia become depressed too often within a short period of time. They change their personality as well. Sometimes, a person who is shy can become gregarious.

  1. Lethargy

Potential victims of dementia might lose interest in doing anything, even in the things they loved doing previously.

  1. Difficulties with Problem Solving or Making Plans

Potential victims of dementia have difficulties in finding a solution for a problem or making plans for the future. Others have difficulties in trying to deal with numbers. In other words, these people experience a significant decline in their capacity to maintain their focus on anything.

  1. Finding it Difficult to Complete Everyday Chores

Potential victims of dementia face problems to complete ordinary and everyday activities which have been previously completed, even without thinking about them. They find it difficult to remember rules of a game or to drive to a familiar place.

  1. Difficulty in Understanding Time

For potential victims of dementia time can be quite challenging since they fail to understand the reason why something is or is not happening right at the moment. Telling them that something is going to happen the following day seems odd for them.

  1. Having Difficulty Recognizing Places

Potential victims have difficulties in recognizing places. Sometimes, even being at their own home might seem unfamiliar to them.

  1. Experiencing Problems with Writing

Just like they cannot chose a proper word for speaking, potential victims of dementia also find it difficult to find the suitable word when writing, making their writing job quite challenging and frustrating.

  1. Becoming Repetitive

Another sign of potential victims of dementia is repeating something they have already said earlier in the conversation. They often ask or answer questions they have already asked.

  1. Trying to Avoid Change

Potential victims of dementia find it difficult and frightening to realize that changes are happening, because they are afraid of getting lost. To avoid this, they try everything they could to avoid change.

  1. Unable to Follow a Storyline

Dementia sufferers experience difficulties in concentration and in focusing, which is often manifested by incapacity to follow a storyline, either during an event or while watching a movie.

Sources:
alz.org

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