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10 Warning signs

 

If you see any or all of these signs, be sure to see your doctor!


While changes in you or your loved one can be frightening, seeking medical help for the symptoms of dementia is extremely important. Many of the symptoms of dementia could also be symptoms of other illnesses which can be treated and reversed.
 
  1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day functioning or job performance
    Forgetting things occasionally is normal but constantly missing appointments is a concern.

  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
    Beware when someone begins to have trouble with usual tasks such as cooking or using familiar appliances.

  3. Problems with language and comprehension
    Challenges completing sentences or substituting inappropriate words, forgetting names of simple objects can be a warning sign. Occasional loss of a word is a normal part of aging.

  4. Disorientation to time and place
    Getting lost in familiar places, mixing up the year/season, or time of day (6am vs. 6pm) is a sign.

  5. Poor or decreased judgment
    Inappropriate dressing.

  6. Problems with abstract thinking
    Inability to manage a budget or do basic math calculations, etc. is not normal aging.

  7. Misplacing things in unusual places
    Losing your reading glasses or car keys is a common part of aging but finding these objects in the fridge is a more serious problem.

  8. Changes in mood and behavior
    Rapid mood swings for no apparent reason, unusual for the person’s norm, should be further explored.

  9. Changes in personality
    Sudden changes in someone’s personality such as paranoia, anxiety, confusion and dependency suggest to look into getting tested for something more serious.

  10. Loss of initiative
    A prolonged lack of interest or involvement in social activities.