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7 Signs Someone is Getting Dementia, According to Experts

There are a few symptoms to look out for.
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Sure, most people have trouble remembering things as they get older. However, many cognitive changes are a normal part of aging—including dementia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines dementia as a general term to describe "impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities." And, an estimated 5 million adults live with it. While there is no cure for dementia, identifying it early rather than later can be helpful in terms of management. Here are 7 signs someone is getting dementia, per the Alzheimer's Association—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

1

You Notice Memory Loss That Impairs Daily Activity

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While forgetting a phone number is not a big deal, one of the key signs of dementia, per the Alzheimer's Association, is forgetting recently learned information. If someone is asking the same questions repeatedly or having to rely on memory aids, this could be a sign of dementia. 

2

You Struggling with Planning or Solving Problem Solving

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You usually have no issues following a plan or keeping track of your bills. And then, all of a sudden these daily tasks become a struggle. This can be a tell-tale sign of dementia. 

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3

You Notice Decreased or Poor Judgment

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Has your decision making or judgement seem to have deteriorated? It could be a sign of dementia. This can come in the form of making bad monetary choices or simply paying little attention to grooming. 

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4

You Start Getting Times, Places and People Mixed Up

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People with dementia often lose track of dates, names or even seasons. 

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5

You Have Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships

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Vision problems are also an early sign of dementia, which can impact balance or the ability to read.  

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6

You Are Having Trouble Speaking or Writing

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People with dementia often struggle with vocabulary, have difficulty coming up with names for a specific object, or use the wrong name. 

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7

You Start Misplacing Things and Can't Retrace Your Steps

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Another common sign of dementia is that an individual struggles to remember where they put things and can't seem to retrace their steps. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.