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Friday, 5 August 2016

Signs and Symptoms for Dementia

Signs and Symptoms of Dementia

Though listed below are the Signs and Symptoms for Dementia, if you have any concern you would need to discuss them directly with your General Practitioner (GP) or Specialist.

So what is Dementia?

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.

About Dementia

Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. 


Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.  

Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. 

Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as "senility" or "senile dementia," which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.

Symptoms

While symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of the following core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia:

  • Memory
  • Communication and language
  • Ability to focus and pay attention
  • Reasoning and judgment
  • Visual perception
People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or traveling out of the neighborhood.

Many dementias are progressive, meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse. If you or a loved one is experiencing memory difficulties or other changes in thinking skills, don't ignore them. See a doctor soon to determine the cause. Professional evaluation may detect a treatable condition. And even if symptoms suggest dementia, early diagnosis allows a person to get the maximum benefit from available treatments and provides an opportunity to volunteer for clinical trials or studies. It also provides time to plan for the future. 

10 Early Signs of Dementia

  1. memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. difficulty completing familiar task as home, at work or at leisure 
  4. confusion with time or place
  5. trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. new problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. decreased or poor judgment
  9. withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. changes in mood and personality 

What to do if you notice these signs

If you notice any of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's in yourself or someone you know, don't ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.

With early detection, you can: Get the maximum benefit from available treatments – You can explore treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help you maintain a level of independence longer. You may also increase your chances of participating in clinical drug trials that help advance research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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