Dementia is a term that is used to describe an assortment of diseases that adversely affect the brain function. Collectively, it is used to describe the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, brain damage from a stroke or an injury, impairment from Huntington’s disease, and so forth. Generally, dementia is applied to the more severe aspects of mental impairment rather than the occasional lapse of memory that occurs in most people. In order to receive a diagnosis of dementia, an individual must be impaired in two areas other than memory. Loss of memory is common as people age and is not considered to be a definitive symptom of dementia.
Here are the 10 warning signs and symptoms of dementia:
It is not uncommon for those in the early stages of dementia to experience short-term memory loss. Although remembering the past, even decades ago, is fairly easy, a person with early-stage dementia can have difficulty remembering yesterday or last week. They may forget little things, like paying a phone bill, a lunch date with a friend, or a doctor’s appointment. The humorous anecdote of going into to a room and forgetting the reason for it, rings very true for an individual who is experiencing early-stage dementia.
Unfortunately, short-term memory loss worsens over time. Therefore, it is imperative to visit a doctor, as soon as this warning sign pops up, to seek treatment, in order to help slow this symptom down.