Just as there are different forms of dementia, there are different signs and symptoms that are related to it. One of the first signs that may become evident is with memory problems. This can be a little confusing because the individual may not to be able to rely on their short-term memory yet they can remember things from many years back.
Short-term memory loss can be something as simple as forgetting where they put their purse or wallet or other important papers, or perhaps forget to pay their bills. Something that may have originally been simple to them, like preparing and planning for meals, might become extremely difficult. They may also get lost in their sense of direction and may not remember appointments.
One of the factors concerning different forms of dementia is that they progress. However, they do start out slowly and overtime, gradually, will get worse. It is important that these early warning signs are noted quickly so that help can be obtained in order to possibly slow the disease down.
The symptoms are so gradual that they often go unnoticed or they are just made a joke of as the person is becoming forgetful: this can constitute a huge problem, as well as cause stress or tensions in the family. At the same time, it’s important not to jump to the conclusion that because someone’s memory has been somewhat affected that they are automatically suffering from dementia. There could be other causes for this and this is why medical intervention at an early stage is important.
Another area that can show signs is the ability to be able to communicate in the common language that the individual normally uses. Dementia sufferers in their early stages don’t seem to be able to focus as well or pay attention like they normally would have. Their reasoning and judgment may be beginning to be compromised and their visual perception is not as what it should be.