Dementia is a set of symptoms that can be caused by a number of different illnesses. Impairments in thought, communication, and memory are all indications of dementia.
Dementia signs and symptoms
If you or a loved one is having trouble remembering things, don' t jump to the conclusion that it' s dementia. To be diagnosed with dementia, a person must have at least two categories of impairment that severely interfere with daily life.
In addition to having trouble remembering, the person may have problems with:
Subtle short- term memory changes
Memory loss is a common early indication of dementia. Short- term memory is often involved in alterations, which are often modest. An elderly person may recall events from many years ago, but not what they ate for breakfast.
Other signs of short- term memory loss include forgetting where they put something, having trouble remembering why they entered a certain place, or forgetting what they were meant to perform on any given day.
Difficulty finding the right words
Struggling to articulate thoughts is another early indication of dementia. Dementia can make it difficult for a person to describe things or find the correct words to express oneself. It can be difficult to have a conversation with someone who has dementia, and it may take longer than usual to finish.
Changes in mood
Dementia is also associated with a shift in mood. It' s not always easy to determine if you have dementia in yourself, but you can notice a difference in someone else. Depression, for example, is a common symptom of early dementia.
You may notice a change in personality in addition to mood changes. A shift from shyness to extroversion is a common personality change associated with dementia. This is due to the fact that the illness frequently impairs judgment.
Apathy, often known as listlessness, is a common symptom of early dementia. Symptoms may cause a person to lose interest in hobbies or activities. They may no longer desire to go out or do anything enjoyable. They may appear emotionally flat and lose interest in spending time with friends and family.
Dementia patients who are in the early stages of the disease are frequently confused. When a person' s memory, thinking, or judgment fails, they may become confused because they can' t remember faces, find the correct words, or communicate with others regularly.
Confusion can arise for a variety of reasons and in a variety of settings. They may, for example, misplace their car keys, forget what comes next in the day, or have trouble recalling someone they' ve met previously.
Struggling to adapt to change
The experience can be frightening for someone who is in the early stages of dementia. Suddenly, they are unable to recall familiar faces or follow what others are saying. They can' t recall why they went to the store and became disoriented on their way home.
As a result, they may want routine and be hesitant to attempt new things. Early dementia is also characterized by difficulty adapting to change.
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