7 Early Signs of Dementia You Should Know About

Dementia is a general term used for a group of medical conditions that affect the mental ability of a person. The common signs of dementia will help you understand the condition better so as to help you seek early treatment.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Written by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: Sep 29, 2014

Dementia

Dementia
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Dementia is not a specific disease but a general term used to describe a decline in mental ability which is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia accounting to over 60 percent of cases. Here are the common signs of the condition. Image Courtesy: Getty    

Memory Loss

Memory Loss
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People with dementia have a poor memory. Memory loss is the most significant and common symptom of the condition. People with dementia will find it difficult to recall incidents from the past or may even forget everything or few aspects about a recent incident. Image Courtesy: Getty  

Unable to Recognize People

Unable to Recognize People
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Since dementia causes memory loss, people with the condition start struggling with recognising faces. They find it difficult to recognize people. A person with dementia may fail to recognize a person or his/her name or how he/she knows the person. They will also find it difficult to identify places they have visited in the past. Image Courtesy: Getty    

Trouble Speaking

Trouble Speaking
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If you notice someone who has recently been experiencing severe memory loss and also has trouble finding the right word to communicate, he/she may be suffering from dementia. People with dementia fail to recall the correct words while communicating. Image Courtesy: Getty  

Unable to Make a Plan

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Sudden inability to make even a rough plan of something as casual as a regular picnic may be a sign of the condition. People with dementia usually have problems planning and carrying out tasks, such as balancing a checkbook, following a recipe or writing a letter. Image Courtesy: Getty

Problem Handling Emergencies

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People with any sort of dementia may find it very difficult to deal with an emergency. They may not be able to handle it despite having effectively handled such emergencies in the past.  They may find it difficult to make a plan and execute it in such a short time. Image Courtesy: Getty  

Sporadic Mood

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People with dementia may find it difficult to control their mood swings or behavior. They may experience sporadic mood swings including depression, irritation and even aggression. Image Courtesy: Getty  

Poor Hygiene

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The inability to keep themselves tidy and clean and a regular change towards poor hygiene may also be a sign of dementia. If you notice all or most of these symptoms in a friend or family member, it could be because of dementia. Image Courtesy: Getty

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