With dementia growing at an alarming rate, more people are experiencing the early signs of dementia. Memory loss is the most well-known and common sign of dementia. But there are often other clues along with memory loss that are an indicator of the beginning stages of dementia.
The World Health Organization describes dementia as a syndrome where there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.
Forgetting newly learned information or having complications performing familiar tasks, like driving to a location that you usually drive to, are just a few signs. Other signs include misplacing things and putting them in odd locations. Forgetting things, like where they placed their keys or parked their car is a first sign as well.
Depression can be caused by a number of things, but it is also a noticeably early sign of dementia. Many people start to isolate themselves and show changes in their personality, in addition to increased anxiety, paranoia and even inappropriate or strange behavior. Withdrawing from social activities and hobbies is also common.
Sometimes people with early onset dementia break rules, steal things or start to hoard or show compulsive behavior. For example, one might insist on buying a paper every morning, never read it, but still feel they need to save it.
The inability to detect sarcasm, lies or a hard time interpreting high verbal information is also a sign of dementia. Other cognitive symptoms include slowing down during a walk or exercise routine. Also, bad coordination all of a sudden could be a sign. Pay attention to other signs like the inability to handle complex tasks, or having a hard time communicating by struggling to find the right words.
The Alzheimer’s Association has a helpful list of other signs to look out for. Symptoms progress at different rates for everyone, but people can still live a full and happy life, even with just a little bit of assistance.
There are ways to prevent and slow down the progression of dementia. If you are a loved one start seeing signs, contact you doctor and reach out to SMART Brain Aging at 1-855-BSMART-0.
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