7 Not-So-Obvious Symptoms Of Dementia: Recognizing The Devastating Condition Early On
June 26, 2018 16:59 By Fabiosa
Having troubles with word recalling, or basically any other memory issues don’t necessarily mean dementia. Such terrifying condition collects many symptoms, including different impairments in memory, language, focus, and reasoning departments. And typically, the diagnosis of dementia means a person has at least two types of impairments that significantly affect her or his life.
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How to identify dementia?
Recognizing the disease early on might be extremely challenging, as it can affect different parts of the brain, thus causing various symptoms. However, specialists say that the most common combination of warning signs is issued with concentration and short-term memory that are gradually worsening for no reason.
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Identifying the early stages of dementia and receiving early treatment can significantly delay the progression of the disease and improve the quality of the person’s life. To be able to do so, you should be aware of the following early symptoms:
1. Where are the keys?
A person can have a picture-perfect memory of some five-year-old event, while not being able to recall what he ate earlier this morning. Also, they can forget where they put an item, why they entered a room, or even what they suppose to do at any given moment. This and other similar changes to short-term memory can indicate the development of dementia.
2. What’s the right word for this…?
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Thinking is an extremely complicated process, and any abnormalities can manifest differently. However, one of the classic symptoms is forgetting “the right word.” When a person often cannot recall words to describe something or express themselves, this may signal dementia among other brain issues.
3. Angry, calm, irritated, excited, apathetic.
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Mood changes are pretty often in people with early dementia. Also, depression and apathy may accompany the disease. Furthermore, changes in personality can also indicate dementia, especially when a shy person becomes outgoing. This explains by the person’s affected judgment. Another common scenario is when a person withdraws from things they like, friends and family, or usual positive habits.
4. Who are you? Where am I?
Confusion is another possible sign that can indicate dementia. A person can find it difficult to remember someone they’ve just met or even to complete simple, familiar tasks. They especially struggle to learn new things and follow any routines, especially the new ones.
5. “Chores?” Darling, what does that word mean?
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A person can forget the meaning of the words, thus not being able to follow the storyline or even understand what somebody wants from them. This sign is considered one of the classic ones that signal early dementia.
6. Where is the instruction?
A person with early dementia may struggle with step-by-step instructions and a series of directions. Doctors explain that it is typical that the sense of direction starts to deteriorate early on.
7. Have you washed the car?… Have you washed the car?
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Due to the issues with short-term memory, people with dementia can start repeating the same question even if they have received the answer. They can also repeat actions that do not require to be repeated, like shaving twice, doing the same dishes once again, making groceries and buying the same products, etc.
In case of noticing these symptoms in yourself or your loved one, consult with your GP as soon as possible. Take care and stay healthy!
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