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Mental Health: 10 Warning Signs of Dementia

  By posted Dec 4th 2013
Healthy Living

 

Mental Health: 10 Dementia Warning Signs

 

 

Dementia is an illness, which progresses slowly over a period of time and can be difficult to diagnose because most people assume that the natural changes in cognition are part of the ageing process. The most prominent of which is memory, other faculties which deteriorate include attention and concentration, spatial and logical reasoning, judgement, orientation, language, planning and organisation. It is also important to note that the types of dementia are reflective of the nature of the cause for dementia.

 

The various types of dementia are, Alzheimer's dementia, Vascular dementia, Fronto-temporal dementia, Lewy-Body dementia, and Parkinsonian dementia. Scientists believe that the formation of plaques and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer's leads to the breakdown of brain-cell machinery and affects communication between neural cells.

 

Warning Signs of Dementia

Memory: Repetitiveness, inability to recognise previously known people (family/friends), other memory loss

 

Disorientation: Inability/difficulty to remember date/day/time/place/season

 

Deterioration in Judgement

 

Inability to plan, organise and/or solve problems

 

Language: Difficulty in naming objects/completing sentences, difficulty in understanding spoken/written word, difficulty in communication

 

Affected visuo-spatial and/or logical reasoning

 

Loss of interest: Stop watching TV/reading newspapers

 

Withdrawal from social interactions

 

Changes in personality

 

Lowered mood and enthusiasm

 

A gamut of research has indicated that a combination of regular physical and mental exercises in addition to a well-balanced diet not only helps in reducing the chance of developing dementia but also contributes to a slow down in decline if a person is already diagnosed.

 

*Data Courtesy: Tanvi, Elder Care Specialist, Epoch Elder Care 

*Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images

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