Are You Showing Early Signs Of Dementia?
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a condition that can occur due to a number of possible diseases. The symptoms of dementia normally suggests impairment in communication, memory and thinking.
The most common causes of dementia includes:
- Huntington’s disease
- Brain damage owing to stroke or injury
- Lewy body dementia
- Alzheimer’s disease
The most common symptoms of Dementia
If you find that your loved one is facing memory problems in remembering things, don’t immediately conclude that the person is suffering from dementia. It has been noted that a person must have at least two types of impairments to considerably interfere in their day to day life, to get diagnosed for this disease.
In addition to memory problems, dementia patients can also experience impairment in:
Little short-term memory changes
Having trouble with remembering things can be a very early sign of this disease. These changes are often so subtle, that they tend to involve short term memory. Like, it may so happen that an older person may be able to remember some of the events that took place long ago but is unable to remember what he/she had for breakfast.
Other most common symptoms also may include complete forgetfulness of remembering where someone has left an item, forgetting to remember what they are supposed to do on a particular day or even recall the purposed as to why they have entered a particular room.
Finding hard to remember the right word
Another very notable symptom of this disease, is struggling to find the right word to communicate thoughts. Any person with this ailment may find it extremely difficult to find the exact vocabulary for expressing themselves. So having a communication with people suffering from this disease is often extremely difficult and can also take a longer than usual span of time to conclude.
Change in mood is also another most common symptom of dementia. If you are suffering from this ailment, although it is not very easy to recognize this malady in yourself, but you can easily notice this change in other people. It has been noticed that depression is a typical symptom for patients suffering from early signs of this disease.
At times, a shift in personality is also found in people who are suffering from this ailment. One typical example of personality shift seen in patients suffering from this disease is from being shy to outgoing. This happens because, this malady often affects the judgements of the patients.
Apathy and Listlessness
Listlessness and apathy is another sign of early occurrence of this disease. Normally persons who come up with symptoms of this ailment often loose interest in their hobbies and activities. Patients of this ailment may not like to do any fun or find happiness in outdoor activities. They can also start losing interest in spending their time with their families and so become emotionally flat.
Difficulty in accomplishing normal tasks
A change in the ability to complete normal day to day tasks may certainly at times indicate that someone is showing early signs of dementia. This can start usually by finding difficulty in balancing a checkbook or playing any game that involves a lot of rules.
Along with this patients who are developing this disease also find it struggling to complete familiar tasks or may find it difficult to follow up with a new routine.
People who show early sign of this ailment often find themselves confused. They may find it hard to remember faces, find the appropriate words, or even find it difficult to interact with people normally.
Confusions can be for a number of reasons and may apply to many kind of situations. For example, they may find it difficult to remember known faces, someone they have met before or forget their car key or even not remember what comes next in the day.
Difficulty in adhering to storylines
As a classic early symptom, difficulty in following storylines can suggest an early sign of dementia. It has been often noted that people who are getting on to this disease, often find it extremely difficult to follow TV programs or conversations.
A lost sense of direction
Spatial orientation commonly starts to deteriorate with the onset of dementia. This can happen by not being able to recognize once-familiar places and being forgetful of known directions. At the beginning of this disease, people also get puzzled to follow step by step directions.
As a result of general memory loss and change in behavioral patterns, people who shows early signs of this disease, may start repeating general tasks or even start collecting items obsessively.
They may also start repeating questions in the course of a conversation even after they have been answered several times.
Finding it difficult to adapt to changes
During the early stages of dementia people may start getting afraid to try new experiences. Since they can’t remember things that they once knew, or remember know faces they become afraid of new circumstances. There are also several examples where people have lost their way back home with the onset of this disease.
When is it right to see the doctor?
Forgetfulness is not only the only problem that points a finger to this malady, since memory problems are also a normal part of aging.
But if it is found that a greater number of these above stated symptoms are occurring and aren’t improving, you must consult a doctor at your earliest.
Generally patients with early signs of dementia are referred to a neurologist who is capable of examining the patient’s mental and physical health.
The doctor may order:
- Blood Tests
- Neurological Examinations
- Brain Scan and other brain imaging tests
- A complete series of memory tests
There is hope!
Although dementia is common with people in elders those who have reach the age of 65, but nevertheless it can also affect people of a younger age. It has been found that in certain cases, subtle signs of dementia can start as early as 30 yrs.
With a prompt diagnosis and proper treatment progression of dementia can be considerably slowed down with cognitive training, medication and therapy