Dementia is a condition where the person affected progressively loses their mental ability and cognitive functions. It usually happens later in life, but some forms can affect people in their 40s and 50s. Dementia symptoms usually start gradually and then worsen relentlessly over time.
Symptoms of dementia vary according to personal factors such as personality, general health and social circumstances. You may start noticing dementia symptoms in yourself, but more often than not it is the people closest to you, your friends or family, who will notice them first. This article outlines some of the most common dementia symptoms so that you’ll have a better idea of what to look out for and when to seek medical help for yourself or for someone else.
This article on dementia symptoms is written by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
Non-specific dementia symptoms
Misplacing things One of the most common dementia symptoms is misplacing common objects such as your glasses, your wallet or your keys. You may also end up putting things in unusual places, such as your sunglasses in the fridge, or your wallet in the dishwasher. However, all of these ‘dementia symptoms’ include things that most of us do from time to time; they are not always a sign of dementia.
Loss of motivation is also something that we all suffer and is common in mental illness such as depression. However, in the context of dementia, symptoms of this will be more pronounced and will last for longer. For example, you may sit passively for many hours, or sleep more than usual, or you may show a drastic loss of interest in hobbies or subjects that you were once passionate about.