How to Identify Signs of Dementia

Dementia is defined as the loss or impairment of mental functions such as memory, thinking and reasoning. It must, however, be severe enough to interfere with daily activities before it can be classified as dementia. Dementia is often a result of substance abuse, prescription medicines, or imbalances in one's hormones or vitamins. It can also be a result of disease or infection that affects the learning, decision making and memory sectors of our brains. Alzheimer's is one very common cause of dementia, with estimates of up to 60 percent of people with Alzheimer's also suffering from dementia. If the dementia is a result of disease or infection, then curing it is unlikely. Experts believe that only 20 percent of all dementia cases are treatable. Early diagnosis of dementia is crucial to treating it properly. Here's how to identify signs of dementia.


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    Know the general symptoms.
    • Memory loss is the first and earliest sign of dementia. It is, however, more than just forgetting where you put your keys. The memory loss must be widespread; forgetting names, places, and recent events are common. The person may also have difficulty recalling words or performing routine tasks such as following a recipe or using an appliance. Early dementia symptoms also include the inability to react to situations or they no longer care about personal hygiene. Aggressiveness and depression are also common.
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    Know the symptoms of specific kinds of dementia.
    • One type of dementia is called dementia with Lewy bodies. This is a brain disease that causes memory loss and the ability to plan and think. Early symptoms are swift changes between alertness and confusion, the inability to navigate familiar places, vivid visual hallucinations and long term memory loss.
    • Frontotemporal dementia is another form of dementia with its own symptoms and early behavior changes. People with this condition may have unusual behavior or personality changes. They may no longer care for those they ought to still care about, and they may make comments that are rude, sexually explicit or intentionally hurtful. Exposing themselves is not uncommon behavior.
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    Talk to a doctor.
    • If you feel like you might be losing your memory or if you have severe trouble remembering things, then talk to your doctor. Your doctor has the knowledge and skill to not only diagnose you properly, but to help you deal with your dementia.
    • If you think that somebody near to you is suffering from dementia, encourage them to seek medical help as soon as possible. Convincing them that they need help may be difficult but it is crucial.


  • Dementia is a serious condition that can result in further injury or even death if not treated properly. Seek medical help as soon as you notice dementia symptoms, or encourage your loved ones to talk to a doctor if you notice symptoms. Early detection and diagnosis is crucial to slowing down the condition or to treat it.


  • Don't assume that your forgetfulness is just a sign of getting older; dementia symptoms can be mild at first but it is progressive; getting it under control quickly is imperative to proper management of the symptoms.

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