8 Early Signs of Dementia

Yes, forgetfulness can happen to everyone from time to time, and it’s generally not a cause for concern.  Have you ever walked into a room and couldn’t remember why you entered that room, or you misplaced your cell phone, wallet or glasses?  You most likely have experienced this type of forgetfulness.

Our brains process a vast amount of information, and sometimes it’s natural for certain details to escape our mind temporarily.  Techniques like retracing steps or taking a moment to recall can often help us remember what we were trying to do or find.  If forgetfulness becomes persistent or significantly impacts daily life, it may be worth discussing with a healthcare professional.

Here are eight early signs of dementia that are often observed:

1. Memory loss that effects your daily activities

Missing appointments or events

Trouble recalling recent events

Difficulty remembering names or familiar information

2. Trouble problem solving

Unable to realize a battery needs to be replaced in a flashlight

Difficulty following instructions

Trouble planning events or organizing the home

3. Difficulty completing daily tasks

Cooking or preparing meals

Paying bills or managing finances

Selecting the correct clothes according to the weather

4. Trouble holding or following a conversation

Difficulty finding the right words

Unable to express thoughts and feelings verbally

Trouble following a conversation

5. Poor judgment

Choosing to walk without a walker even though it’s needed for safety

Becoming a victim of scams

Donating too much money without respect to one’s budget

6. Change in mood or personality

Becoming socially withdrawn

New onset of anxiety

Having a short temper and becoming upset quickly

7. Losing items 

Unable to retrace steps to locate objects

Putting items in peculiar places

Leaving personal items, such as keys or wallet, at a store

8. Visual or spatial problems

Frequent falls

Dropping items

Difficulty judging distances

If you believe you are experiencing early signs of dementia, it is recommended to consult with your healthcare provider.  They will evaluate your symptoms, review your medical history and conduct necessary tests to provide a diagnosis.  It’s important to seek an evaluation as early as possible and rule out any underlying medical condition that may be the cause of cognitive decline.  Some causes may be treatable or manageable with appropriate support and treatment.

Your primary healthcare provider may refer you to a neurologist, psychiatrist or geriatric specialist who have expertise in diagnosing, treating and caring for dementia patients.  These specialists can offer more advanced testing and treatment options.  Collaborating with a team of healthcare professionals who are experienced in dementia can help ensure you receive comprehensive care which will enhance your quality of life.  

Receiving a new diagnosis of dementia can be overwhelming, but we are here to help.  Please consider our dementia care consultation services to help you manage the condition.  Remember, you don’t have to face this alone.  

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