What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Dementia in the Elderly?

Q:
What are the signs and symptoms of dementia in the elderly?

A:
Dementia is a group of symptoms. In brief, they include problems in thought, communication, and memory.

However, if you or your loved one is experiencing memory problems, don’t conclude that it’s dementia at once. Because there may be other possible reasons.

The following is a list of specific signs. But you should also remember the true signs vary across different people.

  1. Short-term memory problems, such as forgetting where they left an item.
  2. Difficulty finding the right words.
  3. A change in mood, such as a shift from being shy to outgoing.
  4. Indifference. They may lose interest in their former hobbies.
  5. Difficulty completing normal tasks.
  6. Confusion. For example, they may have difficulty remembering someone they’ve known before.
  7. Repeating daily tasks. Or, they could repeat the same questions.
  8. Becoming afraid. Because of the early experiences, they may fear and be afraid to try new ones.

Sometimes memory loss is a normal part of aging and can also occur due to other factors, such as fatigue. So, if you suspect you or your loved ones condition, the best diagnosis always comes from a doctor.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.