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Dementia

See Also:
Dementia: Introduction
Dementia: Types
Dementia: in Children
Dementia: Causes & Risk Factors
Dementia: Signs & Symptoms
Dementia: Stages
Dementia: Medical Tests & Diagnosis Methods
Dementia: Treatment & Management

Dementia Symptoms

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:

Loss of Memory: Forgetting some recent incidents and inability to recall information.

Disorientation: People forget their familiar surroundings, neighborhood, wondering how they got there and do not know how to get back home.

Communicating: People suffering from dementia forget simple words and substitute some irrelevant words in their speech, thus making it difficult to understand for the listener.

Abstract thinking: People suffering from dementia have trouble carrying out simple calculations such as adding numbers, multiplying, dividing, subtracting and sometimes even forget the purpose of numbers and calculation.

 

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 Alzheimer’s 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)

See Also:
Dementia: Introduction
Dementia: Types
Dementia: in Children
Dementia: Causes & Risk Factors
Dementia: Signs & Symptoms
Dementia: Stages
Dementia: Medical Tests & Diagnosis Methods
Dementia: Treatment & Management

Article by Kona Vishnu, MS
Medical Writer,
OmniMedicalSearch.com

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