What are some symptoms of dementia?

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What are some symptoms of dementia?

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Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's. A Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging fellow, she writes extensively about health and caregiving; four of her family members have had dementia.

Classic symptoms include the following: Memory lapses, confusion over word choice and use, marked changes in mood or personality, trouble with abstract thinking, difficulty completing familiar actiities, disorientation (to time, place), misplacing items, and poor ior impaired judgment. You can find details here. If some of these signs are worrying you, it's a good idea to see a physician for a complete evaluation.

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Red hill rebel answered...

the expert answered with all the right symptoms. Our experience with noticing that my MIL had alzheimers was her spending habits and bill paying habits. Since the dementia causes a person to have little control over their impulses and decision makings their spending tending to get way out of control early in the disease. We became aware of her problem after the bank contacted her son, who was on the acct too with concerns of her constant overdrafting the acct. That was 2 years after the problem began, and as we looked back over the months and saw her signatures, we could see the deteriation. Her signature became more and more illegible as the disease progressed. By the time we became aware of this, most of the other problems with the dementia was apparent such as the memory loss, the problems with finding the right word to use in speaking, loosing things and constantly having to ask what day it is or what time is it.