Dementia usually affects people differently. It is said that no two people will have dementia symptoms that develop in exactly the same way. There are some important factors that greatly affect in the development of the condition. It includes individual’s general health condition, social situation, and personality. Dementia symptoms are insidious. They start so slowly and the first symptom may even unnoticeable. These symptoms are often mixed with periods of what appears to be normal behavior.
Dementia is a syndrome or a group of symptoms that manifest a variety of more direct brain disorders like physical damage to the brain, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Binswanger’s disease, occurrence of a stroke, Korsakoff’s syndrome, and HIV or AIDS. It is basically the condition that includes multiple cognitive impairments caused by damaged brain cells as a result of a physical medical condition.
Dementia symptoms may continue to develop until it starts to exhibit signs of other mental disorders such as delusions, paranoia, and any other disorders. These symptoms may keep reappearing, until you’re forced to take action because you can’t ignore them anymore.
Early Stage Symptoms
There are a number of early dementia symptoms which indicates that a person is in the early stages of dementia. These different symptoms of dementia include the following:
• Memory Loss
It is the most common age dementia symptom. This is usually displayed by forgetting or failing to remember certain things, repeating of questions already answered mispronunciation of words, and making speech indecipherable. In most cases, the person suffering from the condition may appear to be a completely different person, and reacting angrily towards situations that were previously responded to indifferently.
• Disorientation to time and place
A person with dementia may be confused with night and day. People with dementia forget where they are or how they got there, they can become lost in familiar places such as the road they live in, and most of the time, and they do not know how to get back home.
• Changes in mood
A person with dementia may experience rapid mood swings for no apparent reason. They may also become unusually emotional.
• Loss of initiative
A person with dementia may appear to be sleeping more than usual, become very passive, and may also appear to include a complete loss of drive to perform any activities they used to enjoy.
• Difficulty performing familiar tasks
A person with dementia may often find it difficult to complete everyday tasks that are seems to be familiar.
• Personality Change
A person with dementia may become agitated, suspicious, anxious, depressed, and irritable most especially in situations where memory problems are causing difficulties.
• Language Difficulties
A person with dementia may also forget certain words as part of speech and replace them with words they remember. They may have difficulty forming thoughts into words and may not understand their own sentences.
Moderate Stage Symptoms
• inability to recall even recent events
• failure to identify family member
• experience visual or auditory hallucinations
• higher level of irritability, agitation, frustration, and anxiety
• decline in cognitive abilities
Advanced Stage Symptoms
• can no longer recognize family members or everyday objects
• show no response to people around them
• They no longer speak or communicate in any way
• may develop severe symptoms like incontinence, significant memory loss, mobility issues, and insomnia
Dementia makes difficult for people suffering from this condition to remember and communicate. Understanding the nature of dementia, the different types, causes, and also knowing the different dementia symptoms can improve and preserve your sense of control over the condition. If your loved ones show any of these dementia symptoms, it would be best to seek medical advice from the experts to receive the necessary treatment for their condition at the earliest.