Dementia affects the ability to remember, think and reason. Here are the early signs to look out for in yourself and loved ones.
* Struggling to remember things that happened recently, even though you can easily remember things from longer ago.
* Forgetting the names of people or things.
* Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
* Feeling confused even in a familiar place.
* Having trouble remembering the day or date.
* Struggling to follow conversations.
* Having trouble remembering where you put something, or where things are kept.
* Loosing your train of thought.
* Struggling to do things you used to find easy.
* Having problems controlling your mood, or controlling your emotions.
Forgetting what they had for breakfast, or where they left certain objects, are symptoms of neurodegenerative conditions.
According to a recent research, being repetitive could be an early sign of dementia.
This includes repeating daily tasks, like shaving or collecting items or simply asking the same questions in conversation, after they’ve been answered.
According to the researchers at The Alzheimer’s Association, “The main cause of behavioural symptoms in Alzheimer’s, and other progressive dementias, is the deterioration of brain cells which causes a decline in the individual’s ability to make sense of the world. In the case of repetition, the person may not remember that she or he has just asked a question or completed a task.”
They further said, “Environmental influences also can cause symptoms or make them worse. People with dementia who ask questions repeatedly may be trying to express a specific concern, ask for help, or cope with frustration, anxiety or insecurity.”
Depression is also a typical early sign of dementia. Mood changes or a shift in personality could point to the condition.
About 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
One in 14 people over 65 will develop the condition, while one in six over 80 will be affected by it.
Early diagnosis will help to slow down the condition’s development. With treatment and support, many dementia patients lead active, fulfilled lives.