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10 Warning Signs of Dementia

by Karen Mozzer on 6/17/14 10:36 AM

Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a general term for describing a decline in mental function significant enough to cause disruption in a person’s daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of 10 Warning Signs of Dementiadementia,according to the Alzheimer’s Association, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases of dementia. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common form.

It affects everyone a little differently, causing a variety of symptoms that arise at different times. These warning signs can be difficult to recognize.

  1. Memory loss that interferes with daily life

    Everyone forgets things now and then but forgetting recently learned information or important dates and events may be early signs of Alzheimer’s disease
  2. Difficulty solving problems or planning even minor events

    Many people with early-stages have trouble working with numbers or following a plan.
  3. Challenges completing familiar tasks

    It may be normal to need help changing the settings on a new cell phone but getting lost on the to work or forgetting the rules of a favorite game may be a warning sign.
  4. Confusion with time or place

    Most people occasionally forget what day of the week it is but someone who forgets which season of the year – or what year – it is may be suffering from the early stages.
  5. Difficulty understanding visual images

    Vision problems, such as difficulty understanding visual images or spatial relationships, can indicate Alzheimer’s disease.
  6. New problems with communication

    Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may develop problems speaking or writing words, or engaging in conversations.
  7. Misplacing things

    It is normal to misplace things but someone with Alzheimer’s disease may put items in strange places; he might also have trouble retracing his steps to find items he has lost.
  8. Diminished or poor judgment

    Dementia can diminish a person’s judgment; those providing elderly care to these individuals should remain alert to scam artists who take advantage of the elderly.
  9. Withdrawal from social activities

    Someone with dementia becomes less social, often withdrawing from lifelong relationships with co-workers, family and friends.
  10. Changes in mood and personality

    It can negatively affect a person’s mood and personality to cause confusion, suspicion, depression, fear or anxiety

Many types are progressive, meaning symptoms start out as subtle and grow more noticeable with time. The earliest symptoms often serve as warning signs that dementia is developing. If you notice these ten warning signs in yourself or someone you love, consult with a doctor and arrange for geriatric counseling as soon as possible.




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