Having trouble with choices
Worry sign #5: You find it hard to make choices.
People with early dementia are often oblivious to certain mistakes, like where they've mislaid something or that they've just repeated themselves -- again. But one symptom they do tend to notice, and feel uncomfortable about, is not being able to make quick decisions.
It becomes difficult, and takes longer, to choose from among several options -- off a menu or a buffet, from the closet, or from a list of movies, for example.
"If you used to be a definitive person and now you can't work your way through choices, that's a red flag," psychiatrist Ken Robbins says. "Choosing involves enough cognitive powers -- remembering what you like, thinking about how the options differ, and thinking about what you want now -- that it's a problem that shows up early on."