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Here Are The Subtle Signs Of Dementia

Memory Decline And Mood Changes Could Mean Early Onset Of Dementia

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Have you ever had trouble recognizing things and places you've known all your life? Maybe you went out for a quick walk around the block and suddenly found yourself lost and confused by an unfamiliar bend.

Have you been noticing that stuff around the house seemed to be continuously moving around and you think your loved ones are lying when you ask them and they say they haven't touched your stuff? Have you been more short-fused lately and impulsive because you didn't want to wait?

Confusion, personality changes, and loss of awareness are three subtle symptoms of having dementia. Dementia usually comes along slowly rather than all at once as you find yourself to be so different from who you use to be. Almost like a caricature of your past self.

"Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities." – Alz.org

If you or a loved one has been experiencing memory problems, it would be good to watch out for these subtle signs that may indicate the early onset of dementia.

Losing Your Sense Of Direction

You can gauge when your sense of direction and spatial orientation has started to deteriorate when you start having trouble recognizing once-familiar landmarks. This is also often accompanied by forgetting directions that you used to have memorized for years.

Check yourself if you have a difficult time following a series of directions and step-by-step instructions. It may not immediately be dementia but it is a sign that your brain is getting rusty and you might need to exercise it daily to sharpen it.

Mood Changes

People with early-onset dementia normally exhibit a change in mood. It is not always easy for you to recognize this in yourself but you may notice this change in the people you regularly interact with. Depression is an example of an indicator of early dementia.

Accompanying mood changes, you might also see a transformation in personality. Previously shy, reserved people will seem to be more open and outgoing. This is because the condition frequently impairs one's judgment.

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Short- term Memory Loss

An older person may be capable of remembering events that took place decades ago, like that time you told your first grade teacher that your dog's name was Asshole because you could not pronounce Axel, but not what they had for lunch 1.5 hours ago.

These symptoms of changes in short-term memory often go undetected because they can be as simple as forgetting where you left an item, going into a room, and struggling to remember why you went there in the first place or failing to recall what you were supposed to do on a given day.

Inability To Find The Right Words

Another initial sign of dementia is when you find yourself struggling to express yourself because the words you want to use seem temporarily out of reach, mid-conversation. A person with dementia may have trouble explaining what they mean or finding the appropriate words to express themselves.

When you find yourself having more difficulty sustaining a conversation with an older person, you may have to take note of that and observe if it worsens over time. It could even be you yourself if your google searches are now mostly about the meaning of certain words and phrases that you had already been using in the past.

Apathy

Apathy, or indifference, commonly happens in people who exhibit early dementia. A person with symptoms may find themselves losing interest in previously loved hobbies or activities.

They may not want to try anything new anymore or do anything fun. They are often observed to lose interest in spending time with friends and family and have a flat affect (showing little to no changes in emotion).

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Can Dementia Be Prevented?

You can definitely take steps to develop your cognitive health and reduce you and your loved ones' risk for it. This includes exercising your mind with puzzles, memory challenges, and reading.

Being physically active by getting at least 150 minutes of exercise per week can also lower your risk. Exercise comes with a lot of mental stimulation especially when you try a workout for the first time.

Aerobic exercise is best for your brain health since it raises your heart rate as your body pumps more blood to the brain. Your brain will be active and energized as it studies the new motions and takes charge of commanding your muscles.

Of course, brain supplements and a balanced diet are also vital in ensuring optimal brain health. They are able to boost your energy while enhancing your brain's circulation.

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