Subtle Signs of Dementia: 6 Important Things You Need to Know

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A Person Is Diagnosed With Dementia Every 4 Seconds!

One of the saddest aspects of life is that getting older, sadly, comes with the possibility of deteriorating health and many various ailments. As your loved ones reach a certain age, new habits begin to form.

And it can be alarming, leaving you to wonder if you could have done something earlier. As we all know, one of the scariest diagnoses to receive is Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia resulting in confusion, memory loss, and a decrease in cognitive abilities.

And even though it’s not entirely common, up the 5% of the more than five million Americans with Alzheimer’s are diagnosed with early onset dementia.

While many of the signs seem obvious, like memory loss and confusion, there are also some unexpected symptoms of early-onset dementia you should be aware of.

In fact, if you identify the signs early enough, you can treat the symptoms and develop new routines that will keep you or your loved one engaged and help maintain a sense of independence.

Here are 6 of the most subtle signs to look out for if you suspect that you or someone you care about may be developing dementia.

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19 Responses

  1. Seeing people that are not there, Thinking she lives somewhere else and asking when are we going home? Wanting to stay in bed until I help her up. Unsteady on her feet. At times thinking I’m someone other than her husband. Thinking her parents and siblings are still alive. These are what I live with every day. The best time is when we go to bed and I keep her feet warm and rub her back The electric blanket keeps her warm over night. She is 89 years old , six years older than me.. I’m in good health and plan to keep her home even though we have long term care insurance.

    1. My husband was diagnosed back in 2017, he was only 48 years old 😭, he was doing well up until about 1 1/2 years ago, then I noticed that he was repeating himself, and forgetting conversations that we had the day before, and sometimes from earlier in the same day. He used to be great with phone numbers, now he has to look them up, and I mean family members that he calls all the time 😭, he forgets to eat, it’s so sad to see him going through this, I feel so helpless.

    2. My experience similar! Plan to keep hubby (85) home as well. I am a RN of many years,so physical caregiving is probably easier for me, but the Ed’s wife’s symptoms parallel my husbands, and do at times, cause sadness. Thank you for sharing. and may God continue to use you to bless your wife for as long as necessary. Carol

  2. There have been occasions when I’ve missed an exit on an expressway, turned down the wrong street in areas I’m familiar with or losing my sense of direction (e.g., not knowing if I’m going north or south). I’ve been attributing them to just being pre-occupied with stuff, but now I’m not so sure. Also. sense of direction/space around me (sideswiped cars in my driveway) and “losing steps” in the software development industry. in which I’ve worked for over 50 years (thus performing sub-par and getting let go fairly quickly). My neurologist had said it’s a normal part of ageing, but I am starting to worry a little.

  3. I wish I had seen these signs much earlier in my wife. Looking back I can see them now, but I was too late. She passed away last September.

      1. There is no help…Family needs to care for them 24/7 or you need to hire an aid for help or you beed to place them in a Alzheimer care unit which in turn means signing house and bank accounts over. Depending where you live, they may look back 5 years, and all money must be accounted for. Good luck

  4. This is worse than Cancer at least you know the people around you to care for you and give you support not with this disease you forget your loved ones in some cases violence can happen it is so sad to see someone you love like this my siblings and I watched my mom for almost 3 years until she needed help we couldn’t provide I hated this disease I pray for a miracle so no one has to see their loved one like this🙏🙏🙏

  5. Losing your memory is very scary. After suffering head injury from a brutal attack in 2019, my short term memory lost was frustrating. Training at a new job resulted in me only working four hours because going back through my notes became so hectic. Since then I have had two seizures. The last seizure my family said medical staff had to resuscitate me twice. What’s even worse, management doesn’t want to take responsibility for not protecting me while I was in their care.

  6. It in itself, is not a deadly disease, therefore, life goes on and on. I helped care for a man who was on a State Board. His mental disease progressed but his body lives on for 14 years as of now. He has not known his wife or friends, he constantly thinks someone is coming in the door, he sits and pretends he is at his desk, opening mail all day every day, he eats the same thing for meals, is frail and in a wheel chair or bed for the past 10. A health care worker comes in daily to bathe him, change dressings on a few sores and general health issues. The wife gets 20 hours a week of respite services. The government and Veteran’s Administration have taken good care of him. Wish there were a cure. Heartbreaking.

  7. My significant other has been diagnosed with Alzheimers
    He was a great cook , computer whiz and handled all our finances. Now I do it all. He has displayed most of the behaviors you listed. The best advice for me was to NOT. TAKE THEIR INSULTS AND MOOD CHANGES PERSONALLY. REMIND YOURSELF IT’S 1

  8. I was married about 4 years to a wonderful man and the love of my life when he started asking about the’thing’. Took him to a neurologist and he was diagnosed with Primary Progrrssive Aphasia-word finding difficulty. It is a type of dementia. All types of dementia end up in the same place. You end up in a bed, not knowing your loved ones, unable to dress yourself, ultimately unable to swallow, and then death comes. My husband fell and broke his hip in January while at Memory Care and never really recovered. He died April 4th, 2023. I miss him terribly. It is a disgusting disease. Fortunately he was always happy and smiling. Never got violent. Frustrated yes, but not angry. I was lucky there..

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