Are you always confused? Could be because of dementia
Are you forgetting names and events? Are complex tasks confusing you? Read on to recognise the early signs of dementia
Krtin Nithyanandham, a 15-year-old Indian-origin boy from UK has developed a potential test for Alzheimer’s which could allow the diagnosis of the disease 10 years before the first symptoms appear, reports IndiaToday.
Krtin’s invention could prove to be path-breaking for several people around the world who suffer from the early stages of this neurodegenerative disease characterised by problems with memory, thinking and behaviour.
The Alzhimer’s disease is one of the most common types of dementia. Dementia cannot be termed as a specific disease. It is an ‘overall term that describes a set of symptoms associated with decline of memory and other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform daily activities.’ According to Alz.org, more than 4 million Indians suffer from some form of dementia.
Alzhimer’s usually affects people above the age of 65. We may often have observed that elderly relatives show obvious signs of dementia. Early onset of this condition usually occurs at the age of 50. Sometimes, early signs of dementia could develop in the age of 30s or 40s. However, this is very uncommon.
If you’re anxious to know whether a loved one’s or your forgetfulness is related to the early-onset of a memory problem, read on to know the possible early signs of dementia:
Subtle memory loss
This is the most common sign of early dementia. Does a family member have trouble remembering why they entered a particular room? Or do you have trouble retracing your steps to locate a lost object? Relying heavily on others to remind you of daily tasks or forgetting big events, important names and dates could also be indications of this condition.
Difficulty in adapting to change
Brand new experiences may frighten those in early stages of dementia. They may hate to try new things and may insist on sticking to a routine.
Loss in sense of direction
Have you observed an aged relative losing their way to the frequently visited places? Do they fail to recognise once familiar landmarks? Losing spatial intelligence is a clear sign of dementia.
Difficulty in having conversations
One of the symptoms of early onset of dementia is the inability to communicate thoughts the way one wants to. A person may be unable to grasp the right words required to send a message across.
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Losing interest in spending time with friends and family or not wanting to continue a favourite hobby could also be an early sign of dementia.
Finding daily tasks difficult
Completing familiar tasks may be difficult for a person suffering this condition. This may usually begin with the person avoiding tasks that have too many steps, such as playing a game with lots of steps or writing down a monthly budget with too much information.
Showing signs of confusion is a typical sign of early dementia. Affected people displaying signs of judgement lapse or loss in memory may get confused between familiar faces or events.
Trouble comprehending pictures
Are words or colours in a picture difficult to understand? This could be an early sign of dementia; check it out.
Mood changes and a shift in personality are also typical with dementia. The usual change observed is the shift from a shy personality to an outgoing one.
Being repetitive is another early sign. A loved one may repeat things already said moments ago or may go around obsessively collecting things.
It is important to note that not all memory losses can be attributed to Alzhimer’s. The loss of memory should be severe enough to interfere with daily activities. If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with memory or other symptoms of dementia, it is best to see a doctor for diagnoses and timely treatment.
References: Healthline, Alz.org
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