Signs of Dementia

Signs of Dementia

There are multiple signs of dementia. Memory loss or forgetfulness is the most common sign of dementia, but it is not the only one. In addition to memory loss, there are several other signs of dementia that you should be aware of and look out for. Some are easier to spot than others. This list is from the Alzheimer’s Association, the link to their page with further explanations of each of these symptoms is at the bottom.

Signs of Dementia:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life (ex: forgetting names of familiar people)
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems (ex: keeping track of monthly bills)
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure (ex: remembering the rules of a game)
  4. Confusing with time or place (ex: losing track of the day or date)
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships (ex: judging distance)
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing (ex: not being able to name a familiar object)
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps (ex: putting objects where they don’t belong at all, like keys in the freezer)
  8. Decreased or poor judgement (ex: giving large amounts of money to telemarketers or scam artists)
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities (ex: quitting the weekly golf game or book club)
  10. Changes in mood and personality (ex: become easily upset)

Source: Alzheimer’s Association, 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s