Mental Health: 10 Warning Signs of Dementia
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.
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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