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These are the Dementia Symptoms That Identify Onset

Posted on November 13, 2009 by DementiaGuide

These Are The Dementia Symptoms That Identify Onset

Watch For Them Before It Gets Worse

Dementia is an unfortunate reality for an increasing number of our aging population, but it doesn't have to be. Modern science has assembled a compendium of detailed, extremely tellingdementia symptomsthat can alert us before dementia is fully upon us. There are dozens of minor symptoms, some of which can be avoided or ignored, but when a person begins exhibiting a significant number of the dementia symptoms, it's a good idea to take a good comprehensive look at the reality of the situation. Catching dementia early is important, and it can make treatment and management much easier and more effective.

One of the major dementia symptoms that should alert anyone to a possible problem is memory loss, especially short-term memory loss. When a loved one begins forgetting his or her name, address, phone number, or even the names or identities of their family members, keep vigilant. Another symptom goes part in parcel with memory loss: disorientation. Oftentimes, someone in the early stages of dementia will get lost or physically disoriented because they've forgotten where they live, where they are, or where they're going. If memory loss is leading to disorientation, that's one of the major dementia symptoms.

Loss of ability to manage speech effectively is another symptom. If a loved one begins speaking nonsensically, forgetting words or inserting inappropriate ones into a sentence where they don't belong, it could be a sign of the onset of dementia. Poor judgment is another of the major dementia symptoms to watch out for. People in the early stages of dementia may not be able to decide what clothes to wear, what food to eat, when to go to the bathroom - in short, the most basic everyday decisions can become difficult or impossible to make for people suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia.

Loss of spatial or motor skills, such as the ability to walk, navigate a room, dress oneself, or eat, are other major dementia symptoms, as are the onset of dramatic personality or mood changes. If a loved one exhibits any or all of these symptoms, take steps to see whether these signals aresigns of early Alzheimer's disease.

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