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Recognizing the Signs of Dementia

You might be most familiar with one of the most well-known types of dementia, Alzheimer's. But did you know [url=]10 percent of adults[/url] over the age of 65 suffer from some form of dementia?
Dementia affects a person's memory, thinking, and social abilities. Many people don't realize that dementia involves more than just forgetfulness and there are actually many signs of dementia to be aware of.
[b]1. Difficulty with Simple Tasks[/b]
It might start by finding it difficult to complete a difficult task like completing a crossword puzzle or balancing their finances. You'll start to see a subtle shift in the way people with early signs of dementia start to function.
Eventually, even the smallest tasks can prove to be the most difficult. For instance, a well-seasoned chef might find it hard to complete all the steps necessary to cook a full meal. They might also struggle to learn new tasks or follow routines they aren't familiar with.
[b]2. Mood Changes[/b]
The people closest to those suffering from early dementia are the first ones to notice this type of change in a person. One typical mood shift is depression. There might also be [url=]drastic mood changes[/url] with extreme highs and lows, feeling suspicious of the people around you, or feeling withdrawn.
Personality is also something that will change. One might go from very outgoing to very shy or vice versa. There isn't a reason behind these personality shifts as it can vary from case to case.
[b]3. Language Problems[/b]
Early dementia can mean finding the right word becomes more difficult. While you might know exactly what you're thinking and want to communicate, figuring out how to put your thoughts into words proves difficult.
This can happen even with the most simple of words or might lead to the use of words that don't make sense. Having a conversation with a person struggling with dementia can prove especially difficult as it makes them hard to understand and will take longer to communicate.
[b]4. Disorientation and Memory Loss[/b]
One thing you will notice about early dementia is that those suffering from it will have difficulty finding their way around places that are most familiar to them. Even if they've been driving the same route to work for 20 years, the trip will seem foreign to them as if they've never driven it before.
Many times people or places that should be the most familiar will seem the most strange. There might be times when you don't feel comfortable leaving your loved one at their home. There are [url=]LifePlan communities[/url] that offer continuing care for those who are facing this challenge.
[b]5. Memory Loss[/b]
They will also find it difficult to recall what they had for breakfast but might be able to tell you the name of the dog they had when they were a child. Short-term memory loss will be subtle, but can eventually affect every part of life such as where they put their keys or where they're supposed to be on any particular day.
[b]Know the Signs of Dementia and Prevent Them[/b]
While you can't eliminate the risk of dementia, you can do plenty of things to reduce your risk. Spend time playing memory games and completing word puzzles. While you're at it, make sure to exercise regularly each week.
When you start to notice signs of dementia in your life or in the lives of your loved ones you can [url=]learn more[/url] about how you can prevent dementia.
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