Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Recognition of the warning signs of the disease facilitates early diagnosis.
Early signs of dementia include:
- Forgetting about recent events or conversations
- Inability to remember the names of places or objects
- Difficulties in finding words
- Misplacing items
- Asking questions repetitively or talking about the same things
- Finding it hard to make decisions
- Changes in day to day functioning (at home or work)
- Being unable to use technological tools such as washing machine/dishwasher/phone, etc.
- Not being able to cook as before / changes in the taste of food etc.
- Difficulty in learning something new
- Becoming hesitant in trying new things
- Changes in personality or behavior
- Mood changes (being more anxious or agitated etc.)
If any of these signs are evident in you or your relative, different from the past, you can get support from a specialist physician (neurology or psychiatry).