Symptoms of dementia vary depending on the cause and the area of the brain that is affected. They are usually developed gradually over many months. They begin mildly and gets worse over time.
Short term memory loss is the early sign of dementia. People with early dementia may not remember what they were just said or done. However, just memory loss alone does not mean that a person has dementia. Some other symptoms to watch for include:
- Difficulty performing daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, managing personal finances, and using the toilet.
- Personality changes
- Forgetting familiar words or names
- Mood swings such as losing interest in things previously enjoyed
- Poor judgment
- Difficult to learn new things
- Having anxiety and depression, and confusion
- Worsening of the symptoms seen in early and moderate dementia
- Unable to walk or move from place to place without assistance
- Greater risk of injuries and falls due to poor judgment and confusion
- Complications – Dehydration, malnutrition, problems with bladder control, infections, and seizures.
Because these symptoms can be caused by other conditions as well, obtaining an accurate diagnosis is essential for the management and treatment of the disease. The sooner you address the problem, the easier treatment will be.