They say knowledge is power, and in the case of recognizing and understanding the signs of dementia, that saying is especially true. Early detection is important because it offers more valuable time to explore treatments that can delay more debilitating symptoms. It also allows the patient to be involved in major decisions affecting his care, and it gives the patient and caregivers time to build a strong support network together. While the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s vary by patient, there are a few common signs of which to be aware.
• Memory loss.
• Impaired judgment.
• Difficulties with abstract thinking.
• Faulty reasoning.
• Inappropriate behavior.
• Loss of communication skills.
• Disorientation to time and place.
• Gait, motor, and balance problems.