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Dementia is one of the scariest progressive conditions that we could potentially face as we age, but most people don’t know what the signs are to spot it. Some people believe that dementia begins with the hilarity that memory loss can ensue. Dementia is more than just being forgetful with your keys or the remote control; everyone can lose their car keys or forget where they put down their phone. It’s also something that is totally normal when it comes to aging.
However, being forgetful isn’t always a sign of dementia – even though it’s easy to mistake it as such.
Memory loss is not the same as forgetfulness, and it’s often one of the first things that can pinpoint dementia as the problem. Dementia is the word used to describe a variety of symptoms that affect the cognitive function of a person, which also includes their ability to think and reason. The nerve cells in the brain stop working as effectively, which is one of the reasons that hearing tests are a good indicator of dementia – the brain is slowly stopping in its functions and affects hearing. There are some tell-tale signs of early dementia, and if you are aware of them, you can get help to slow the progression of the symptoms – even though it is not curable.
One of the most common signs is memory loss, as mentioned earlier. Information is more difficult to recall – mainly information that has been learned recently. Also it’s harder to remember specific dates and events that have occurred.
Problem Solving Becomes The Problem
If you’ve noticed previously easy-to-follow instructions have suddenly become hard-to-understand, you may be having some issues with problem-solving. Recipes become harder to follow, and bills get harder to manage. It’s all part of the signs and symptoms of dementia.
One thing that dementia can take away from a person is their ability to judge the way that time passes. Those with dementia forget where they are and where they should be at any given time, which can make it difficult to understand events of the future, and there is a struggle with dates, too.
Failing Health Tests
There is an essential link between dementia and hearing loss, and an audiologist can spot this when other symptoms are presenting. The brain forgets how to link the ear with the nerves, and hearing loss becomes a problem. Hearing tests should happen as age happens, but when they’re failed, alarm bells have to ring when aligned with other symptoms.
Someone dealing with dementia may become withdrawn and isolated when it comes to socializing with other people, whether at work or at home. They may purposely remove themselves, refusing to pay attention when others talk and stopping hobbies.
Dementia has many signs and symptoms; knowing them early can help with management during the progression of the symptoms over time. If you suspect that you are dealing with some dementia symptoms, please speak to a doctor as soon as you can.