Dementia refers not to a specific condition but a group of diseases that impact memory, thinking and social skills. For this nature of cerebral decline to be declared as dementia, the symptoms have to be strong enough as to impede routine functioning. They also need to reflect a drastic decline in mental functioning than can be reasonably attributed to the natural ageing process. Essentially, there is no cure for dementia. Treatment and medication may help reduce intensity of symptoms, but in most cases, the effect is of minor significance. But early diagnosis can help inhibit rapid worsening of condition and thus, here are some common signs to watch out for; they may signal the onset of dementia.
1. Memory Loss and Distortion
Though memory loss is a natural part of the ageing process, people with dementia tend to have problems with short-term memory. This means that they may remember things from long ago but forget what happened right that morning. Memory distortions also take place whereby people in a memory are confused, two or memories are combined and sometimes an old memory is considered to be a new one. This nature of memory issues is typical early signs that one must beware of.