8 Early Signs To Predict Dementia

Posted In: Neurologist     2018-02-24     32

One of the most common signs of dementia is memory loss. It is a brain disease that leads to a slow decline in memory, reasoning skills, and thinking, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who experiences memory problems suffers from dementia.


Signs & Symptoms

One to be diagnosed with dementia needs to have at least two types of impairment that considerably interfere with day to day life.

In addition to problems in remembering, the person may also face impairments in:

·         Concentration

·         Language

·         Reasoning

·         Communication


1.      Subtle changes in memory

Having trouble with memory is the most common as well as an early symptom of dementia. These memory changes are usually subtle and likely to involve short-term memory. An elder person may remember events that occurred years back but won’t able to remember what they had for breakfast.

Other changes in short-term memory are struggling to remember why they entered a room, forget where they left their stuff, or forget what they supposed to do at any given time.


2.      Struggling to find the right words

Another initial symptom of dementia is difficulty in making an effective communication. A person who suffers from dementia often has difficulty in explaining something or getting the right words to express their thoughts.


3.      Mood swings

An individual with dementia also goes through changes in mood. It is difficult to recognize these changes in yourself if you have dementia, but you able to notice these changes in someone else. Depression is a typical early symptom of dementia.

Besides, changes in mood, you might also notice a shift in personality. One typical example of personality shift is a person changes from being shy to outgoing.


4.      Apathy

Apathy or listlessness is the common symptom of early dementia.  A person with dementia might lose interest in activities or hobbies. They may avoid going out or do anything fun. Also, lose interest in spending time with friends and family, and may seem emotionally neutral.


5.      Confusion

An individual with early stages of dementia often seems confused. When the ability of thinking, remembering, or reasoning lapses, confusion may arise because they cannot remember faces, struggle in finding the right word, or difficulty in making an interaction with people.


6.      Do something in repetition

Repetition is common in dementia because of general changes in behavior and memory loss. The person may repeat everyday tasks, including shaving, or they might collect things obsessively.


7.      Fail to follow direction

The sense of direction, as well as spatial orientation, may start to decline with the arrival of dementia. This can also lead to an inability in recognizing once-familiar landmarks and forgetting daily used directions. It also results in difficulty in following a series of directions and step-by-step instructions.


8.      Struggling to complete regular tasks

A subtle change in the ability to complete daily tasks may predict that a person is suffering from early stage of dementia. This usually begins with completing complex tasks, such as balancing a checkbook or playing games with numerous rules.