First Signs of Dementia
Do you suspect the first signs of dementia in someone or even yourself? Would you like to know more ways to recognise the first signs of dementia?
We take a look at how to recognise the first signs.
It as always a good idea to be checked by a doctor if you do suspect that yourself or somebody you know is having memory problems.
If you or the individual are reluctant to see a GP, why not take a simple dementia test? This is a simple way to help you recognise you are having memory problems. This may help you recognise that your memory is being affected by something that needs further investigation.
What are the first signs of dementia?
We all forget things now and again and there are many reasons for we might forget things. But detecting disease like Alzheimer’s or Vascular dementia as early as possible is crucial to get the best treatment for the individual. Early detection also means better help for families and carers.
We take a look at some of the first signs of dementia a person might show.
- The person might have a problem finding the correct words to say. This can become more evident in a stressful situation.
- They could find difficulty in answering questions about themselves. Example would be remembering their age, birthdays, childrens names.
- The person may feel disoriented. Examples could be the person not recognising familiar places that you know they should know. This could be roads, shops or areas near to where they live.
- Confussion about the time of day. An example would be getting up in the middle of the night wanting to go somewhere.
- The person could have poor judgement on simple tasks. An example would be dressing inappropriately for weather conditions outside.
- Being totally unaware of a dangerous situation like crossing roads.
- Becoming withdrawn and depressed.
- Bouts of unexplained temper, or feeling anxious.
- Starting to panic at simple everyday tasks.
- They may have trouble remembering conversations.
- Doing practical tasks become more difficult. An example may be using a washing machine or buying food.
We are all different. But when we see changes in personality we should become aware
Dementia can affect everyone differently and at different speeds. Noticing recognisable symptoms of dementia in one person may not be the same symptoms to recognise in another person. Some of us have naturally good memories others don’t. Dementia is very rarely inherited from our parents so don’t think because you become a little forgetful that you are showing the first signs of dementia because your parents had the disease.
If you notice the first signs of dementia in yourself or somebody else, it is very important to get help. This could be from social services, local doctors and most importantly, family and friends.
There are some great helpful organisations on our Groups page that can help if you notice the first signs of dementia.