11 Early Signs Of Dementia
With a lot still not understood about dementia, there is one thing that experts can agree on, and that is dementia is starting to become a common problem among the elderly population. But, what makes matters worse is the fact that dementia can be a difficult disease to catch early on.
What is dementia? A simple definition is that it involves a decline or loss in memory functions in the brain.
With dementia being a difficult disease to recognize, there are a some key signs that you’ll want to watch out for.
Read below to discover 11 early signs of dementia:
1-Inability To Distinguish Sarcasm
People with dementia are found to have a harder time comprehending sarcasm. They also have a harder time knowing when a person is lying or not. They also no longer have the understanding between right and wrong.
2-Falls Become More Frequent
Falls among the elderly can occur quite often, but within the dementia population, falls can occur twice as often. This is because people with early dementia also have a disorder called progressive supranuclear palsy. Not only does this disorder create falls but, it also prevents the person from catching themselves as they are falling down. This early dementia symptom makes it a lot more dangerous for persons who may have dementia.
3-No Longer Abiding The Law
If you’ve noticed your loved one experiencing more run-ins with the law, then that may be an early sign of a problem. So if your loved one has been caught shoplifting several times, or expressed sexual inappropriateness, you may need to have them evaluated by a Neuro-specialist. Not only are these actions bad but, they can also land a person in hot water legally. It is known that people in their thirties can start to show early signs of dementia before anyone would start to notice.
When an elderly begins to stare more than usual, it is considered one of the many signs of dementia. Clinically it is referred to as a “reduced gaze” and inhibits the person’s eyes to move on their own. When a person tries to read, they actually skip lines. This makes it hard for the person to realize that it’s even happening.
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5-Eating Foreign Things
This sign may be a surprising one among the many signs of dementia. This is mainly caused because the person has lost their ability to remember what things are and where they go. A good example of this includes an elderly visiting a restaurant to eat and begins to eat the napkins that are on the table. This happens because they know they are going to eat but don’t realize they are eating nonfood items. Experts are still trying to explain this symptom but have still been unsuccessful.
6-Can’t Put Their Words Together
Although losing the right words to say is no longer an early dementia sign, losing their ability to know what to call things, knowing what things are, and what their use is for, is. The odd thing is that although they seem to be losing their knowledge, they remain competent in other important aspects of life.
7-Inability To Empathize
If your loved one used to be a sweet and loving person in the past then begins to give you insults or no longer realizes what they are saying, chances are, they are showing the early signs of dementia. This sign of dementia also includes the inability to decipher many social cues and because of this they no longer understand the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior while talking.
8-No Feeling Of Embarrassment
The elderly who are beginning to experience dementia often times are unable to sense how others are feeling. This usually means that they no longer understand what embarrassment is. This also means that they no longer understand when they themselves or others are in an embarrassing moment.
9-Behaviors Become Compulsive In Nature
An unexpected sign of dementia that occurs early on includes showing a compulsive behavior or the need to complete unimportant tasks. There are many people who have habits that seem odd to others but, what other people don’t realize is that this compulsive behavior is usually due to the fact that they don’t comprehend that they already have many of the same items that they are currently searching for.
10-Inability To Manage Money
Losing the ability to manage finances is considered one of the classic signs of dementia. This usually begins with difficulty with balancing their bank balance or paying their bills. As dementia progresses, their ability to make good decisions with their finances affects their entire life. This sign of dementia is usually ignored by people who don’t understand the disease.
11-Speaking Becomes Nonexistent
If your loved one used to “talk your ear off” and now just sits there and looks at you, this is not normal and is usually a good sign of dementia. Despite this new inability, many other abilities remain clear.
If any of these early signs of dementia are showing up for you or your loved one, it’s time to make a lifestyle change.