Symptoms of Dementia
If you or a loved one is starting to have memory issues, do not immediately self-diagnose as dementia. To receive a dementia diagnosis one needs to have at least two types of impairment that significantly interfere with everyday life. In addition to difficulty remembering, the person may also experience impairments in language, communication, focus, or reasoning.
Subtle Short-Term Memory Changes
Trouble with memory is often an early symptom of dementia. The changes can be subtle and usually involve short-term memory. Sometimes an older person may be able to remember events from years past but not what they had to eat this morning. Other symptoms of changes in short-term memory include frequently misplacing items, forgetting why they entered a particular room, or not remembering their plans on any given day.
Can’t Find the Right Words?
Another early symptom of dementia is difficulty communicating thoughts. A person with dementia may often have trouble explaining something or finding the right words to make their thoughts known. Having a conversation with a person who has dementia can be extremely tough, and it will likely take longer than usual to conclude.