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Signs of Dementia

If you’re concerned a loved one might have a dementia disorder, here are some signs that call for a physician’s evaluation*

  • Recent memory loss issues including repeating stories and asking the same questions frequently.
  • Having problems completing routine tasks or difficulty performing familiar tasks such as making purchases, paying for things or preparing a meal.
  • Issues with language, such as forgetting simple words or using the wrong words.
  • Time and place disorientation like getting lost in easy-to-navigate or once-familiar surroundings, or forgetting how to get back home.
  • Declining judgment, including making poor decisions regarding the use of money and a decline in grooming and cleanliness.
  • Problems with abstract thinking and new issues completing once-simple tasks such as paying bills, balancing a checkbook, or using numbers.
  • Misplacing things, including repeatedly putting things in the wrong place such as an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
  • Abrupt mood or personality changes. Rapid mood swings, and/or sudden angry outbursts.  Intense, unfounded fearfulness or suspicion of once-trusted friends, professionals or family members.
  • Loss of initiative and interest in usual activities; new disinterest in going places or seeing people.
  • Bizarre or inappropriate behavior. For example, wearing a heavy coat in hot weather or going outside without shoes on in winter.

* Please consult your physician if you suspect your loved one is coping with a dementia disorder.

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Signs of Dementia

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