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Saturday, June 15, 2019

10 Warning Signs of Dementia

The definition of Dementia is a decline in mental ability. The decline is severe enough that it interferes with daily life. One feature of this decline is memory loss. One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. Ten of the most common signs of dementia include:

  • Memory Loss== affecting short term memory it is often the most common early sign symptom of dementia. While many of us may experience loss of short time memory we still know the subject we are talking about. However, an individual with dementia easily forgets but stops mid conversation as they have forgot what they are talking about. 
  • Dementia interferes with completing normal daily task as well. Individuals with dementia may not recall how to put their clothes on or how to prepare a simple meal. 
  • Dementia also interferes with how one speaks. Stumbling around to speak because they have forgotten simple words or use words that they are unfamiliar with. 
  • Being confused to what day it is, what time of day it is, what season it is as well as what month or year are all signs of dementia. Likewise, taking a short journey to the mailbox and back may leave the individual with dementia lost and scared. 
  • Dementia can leave an individual not knowing how hot or cold it is therefore dressing to warm or not warm enough. They also forget to eat and drink leaving their health in danger
  • Disorganization more than usual is a sign of dementia as well. Not recalling what we were doing may be normal but even simple task like having a conversation become a struggle for those with dementia. 
  • Individuals with dementia often forget what belongs where. This often leads them to losing things only to have them found in places they should never have been. 
  • Rapid mood swings as well as extreme happiness or severe depression often are associated with individuals that suffer from dementia. At times they may seem as they have no emotions at all. 
  • Dementia often changes the individuals personality. A sweet person may become bossy and mean. Feelings of suspicion, irritability, depression, apathetic, anxiety and agitation are often associated with dementia. 
  • Individuals with dementia may find they have no zeal for life. A life of sitting around watching T.V., sleeping more than usual and loss of interest in favorite activities may occur. 

IF any of these signs are present in your personal life or the life of a family member or friend a visit to the doctor to discuss concerns should occur.

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