signs of aging
Dementia is not part of natural aging. it is important to distinguish between aging and having dementia.
Some signs and symptoms related to aging include:
- sometimes forgets names or appointments, but remembers them later
- sometimes you make mistakes with money
- sometimes you need help setting up a microwave or recording a TV show
- sometimes feel down or don’t like to change a long-term routine
- not sure what day it is, but find out later
- your vision changes and you become nearsighted or develop cataracts
- sometimes you can’t remember the exact word
- you lose things but you can find them later
- you make a bad decision from time to time
- are reluctant to go out socially, but are still socially active
- forget important dates
- repeat what they say
- increasingly rely on reminder notes or electronic devices as memory aids
- often rely on family members for things they can handle on their own
- drive to a familiar place
- manage a budget
- remember the rules of a favorite game
- at home
- at work
- with friends
- in unknown places
- evaluation distance
- determine the color or contrast that could cause problems while driving
- stop talking in the middle of a conversation
- finds it difficult to continue a conversation
- repeat what they say
- not following a conversation
- make mistakes in front of other people
- alzheimer’s society
- dementia or
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- together in dementia every day (tide)
- ten common signs of dementia
- early stages of dementia
- communicate effectively with a person living with dementia
- Are you worried about dementia?
- find out more about the apps4dementia library
- dementia services: belfast health and social care trust
- Dementia Services: Northern Health and Social Care Trust
- Dementia Services: Southeastern Health and Social Care Trust
- Memory/Dementia Services – Southern Health and Social Care Trust
- Dementia Services: Western Health and Social Care Trust
signs and symptoms related to dementia
If you are concerned that you have any of the following ten symptoms, you should speak to your GP.
memory loss that disrupts daily life
Forgetting recent events is a very common sign in most types of dementia, especially in the early stages.
Other signs someone might have dementia include:
difficulty planning or solving problems
Some people may find it more difficult to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. they may have trouble following a family recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. they may have difficulty concentrating or may take longer to do things than before.
difficulty completing familiar tasks
People with dementia often have trouble performing daily tasks, at home, at work, or at leisure. for example, they may have difficulties:
When someone has dementia, their mood can change. can become:
can get angry easily:
confusion with time or place
A person with dementia can lose track of times and dates. they may have trouble understanding something that is planned in the future. they can sometimes feel confused about where they are.
trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
a person with dementia may have difficulties:
They may also have trouble seeing what they see (rather than how clearly they see it) due to changes in the brain rather than the eyes.
problems with words when speaking or writing
Someone with dementia may find it difficult to follow or join a conversation. could:
They may have trouble finding the right word or calling things by the wrong name, for example describing a “clock” as a “hand watch”.
misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
A person with dementia may put things in unusual places. they may lose things and be unable to retrace their steps to find what they have lost. sometimes this can make them suspicious of other people. this behavior may become more frequent over time.
decrease or poor judgment
A person with dementia may experience changes in judgment or decision making. for example, they may use poor judgment when it comes to money. they may pay less attention to their personal appearance.
withdrawal from work or social activities
A person with dementia may withdraw from social gatherings. they may feel embarrassed or worried about:
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This could make them feel isolated.
where to find help and support
you can find more information and support services from the following organizations, see also the “more useful links” section:
The public health agency has also produced a variety of information to help people with dementia, their families and friends.
This information includes the following publications:
dementia application library
the ‘apps4dementia’ library is a digital service that brings together safe and reliable applications to provide information and guidance on the condition.
There are a number of applications that offer support, self-care of symptoms and help users continue their daily activities for as long as possible.