According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 50 million people are living with Dementia and nearly 10 million new cases are diagnosed every year.
While dementia affects each person in a different way depending upon the impact of the disease, the signs and symptoms of dementia can be understood in three phases: early stage, middle stage, and late stage. In this article, we will be highlighting warning signs associated with dementia in the early stage.
Memory trouble related to dementia in the early stage tends to be less noticeable and involves short-term memory. An individual might be able to recall events that happened years ago but have difficulty remembering what they did that morning or even a few moments earlier. Other changes include forgetting where an item was left, struggling to remember what they are doing in the moment or forgetting daily tasks and appointments.
Changes in Mood / Loss of Interest
A noticeable or sudden change in mood could be an early sign of dementia. If your loved one is typically very engaged and active but suddenly becomes too depressed to participate in regular activities, it may be time to seek help. This early sign holds especially true for individuals with no history or underlying cause of depression.
Repeating daily tasks, such as watering the plants, is common for those living with dementia. Early symptoms of dementia also include repetition in conversation, such as asking or answering questions multiple times.
Struggling to communicate thoughts or feelings is another common early sign of dementia. A person living with dementia may have difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings as well as have difficulty carrying on a conversation with others. Forgetting names of people, places and things in conversation is also common.
Poor judgment associated with dementia is not just one poor decision, but a pattern of poor decisions and actions. Some examples include poor judgment related to finances, personal grooming, hygiene, social situations and driving.
The early stages of dementia are often overlooked because they are subtle and slow to progress. If you notice signs of cognitive decline in your loved one, it may be time to escalate care and treatment.
Fortunately, studies also show that with cognitive stimulation programs, individuals can strengthen and improve certain brain regions to delay or decrease the risk of dementia. These programs have been shown to help seniors improve their concentration and overall memory ability through creative and engaging activities.
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Celebrations embraces a philosophy of healthy, fulfilled living and focuses on six wellness categories designed to nurture body, mind and spirit while helping foster happiness, longevity, and independence among our residents.
For individuals who may require an additional level of care, we offer our Expressions Memory Care program, designed to keep memory care residents active and engaged while helping them feel accepted, supported and at home.
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