Dementia is an often heard, yet often misunderstood, and often undetected human condition. It is one of the more difficult conditions to deal with, whether it is you or someone dear to you who has been diagnosed with it. The symptoms of the condition are often noticed, but then dismissed to be singular isolated incidents.
Technically speaking, Dementia is not a disease in itself, but rather an encompassing term for a group of diseases and conditions that are characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving ability, social skills, and other mental and motor skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and activities. Dementia not being a disease, but rather an encompassing term for a group of diseases or conditions, the actual diseases would usually include one or a combination of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia, or several others.
Dementia will usually affect the following brain functions: Memory, Language, and Decision-making. With the degeneration of these brain functions, a person with dementia will have difficulty performing or even comprehending regular tasks and activities that to that person would normally have been easy and simple. Even their daily activities will eventually become challenging and eventually frustrating for them.
While most people know that forgetfulness is a usual symptom of dementia (usually because of Alzheimer’s disease), simply being forgetful does not necessarily mean you have dementia. A person with dementia will often exhibit several symptoms, either one episode at a time, or in combination.
This article will list 12 signs and symptoms that you should observe to know if you or someone dear to you is having dementia.