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Judgment | Common Signs

  • Makes choice that puts their safety at risk
  • Cannot evaluate the relative risk of a situation
  • Has difficulty determining the important from the unimportant
  • Finds themselves in situations they are not prepared for because of poor judgment (e.g. out in the cold without a jacket)
  • Cannot think of the outcome of their decision
  • Misjudges the intentions of other people
  • Difficulty judging their ability to complete a task
 
Judgment | General Description

The ability to exercise judgment, weigh facts, and organize and sequence information is progressively affected in all dementias, and can be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease . As a result, the person you care for may no longer be able to judge or evaluate a situation properly. The person you care for may find themselves in a situation that they are not prepared for because of poor judgment (e.g. going shopping in their pyjamas). They may even find themselves in a situation that puts their safety at risk due to their poor judgment. For example, they may get into the car of a stranger if they are tired and do not want to walk home. Often, the cause of poor judgment is that the person you care for cannot predict the outcome of their decisions. Difficulty with judgment can be an embarrassing part of Alzheimer's disease for both the patient and for the caregiver. It is part of the problem of executive function which is common in dementia.

Commonly in Frontotemporal dementia , as judgment becomes impaired, risk taking behaviour increases. Also, the person is unable to understand the outcome of his/her decisions. In situations where the person with Frontotemporal dementia is still employed or controls the finances, poor financial judgment can produce additional, troubling situations for families. Also, poor judgments regarding the care of a vulnerable person like a child or frail/infirmed adult, could lead to a disastrous situation and a crisis within the family.

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See Also:
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Unsafe Actions
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Decision Making
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Financial Management
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Executive Function
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Last updated October 23, 2014
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