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The first signs of dementia are short-term memory loss. Symptoms of dementia are dependent upon the areas of brain that are affected and the key symptoms are include:
Poor or reduced judgment: People suffering with dementia have poor judgment and do not know how to react in emergencies.
Performance of familiar tasks: People face difficulty in performing daily activities such as preparing a meal or coffee, operating an oven, making a telephone call, playing a game, etc.
Mood or behavioral changes: People suffering from dementia exhibit rapid changes in moods such as a happy/joyous mood to tears or anger for no apparent reason. Dementia patients can also experience depression.
Misplacing articles: People with dementia tend to misplace articles in unusual places, such as placing a wristwatch in a sugar bowl or a plastic container on a gas stove.
Loss of initiative: People suffering from Alzheimers disease become passive. For example watching TV for longer duration, sleeping for longer hours and not performing normal activities.
Change in personality: Dramatic changes in personality of people suffering from dementia are also observed. (8)
Article by Kona Vishnu, MS
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