You walk into your colleague’s office cubicle with something important in mind, but it just dissipates into thin air by the time you reach there. And despite trying your best, you can’t recall what you came there for.
Small incidences like this occur in everybody’s life. Most people brush it off as a one off incident.
For all you know, it might just have been a small memory lapse. Nothing serious. But what if?
Physicians can throw around terms like cognitive decline and early dementia and it can be a really scary thought. Imagine having to live with constantly declining mental health through your 40s or 50s.
Today, we discuss about some of the signs and symptoms that might be an indicator of something more serious, like say Dementia or Cognitive decline.
#1 – Increasing incidents of short term memory loss
Are you experiencing recurring incidents of short term memory loss where you can remember incidents that occurred during your childhood but fail to recall what you had for dinner yesterday? Forgetting where you left your spectacles, failing to remember why you went to the kitchen may all be signs of short term memory loss.
#2 – Forgetting words
You are trying to communicate something and can’t find the right words. You struggle to finish sentences and often, it takes more time than it ever used to.
#3 – Mood Swings
Random mood swings are typical during early stages of cognitive decline. In extreme and undetected cases, it leads to complete changes in the personality of the patient. If they were outgoing and cheerful, they might become reclusive and depressed or vice-a-versa.
#4 – Inability in completing normal chores
One of the earliest signs of cognitive decline is the inability to complete chores or tasks in everyday life. Some people may find it difficult to learn new things or to play board games, whilst others can struggle with normal tasks like finding their own clothes.
#5 – Listlessness
Do you feel bored to go out or do anything fun? Do you find reasons to avoid meeting friends? You no longer have hobbies or like activities that you earlier enjoyed?
#6 – Losing directions
People with early dementia may find it difficult to find their way to office or navigate through routes that they have used for years. They may even find it difficult to follow directions or maps.
#7 – OCD or repetitiveness
Many-a-time, signs of cognitive decline are mistaken for OCD because the person may perform the same tasks over and over during the day. For example, they may keep washing their hands or shave repeatedly.
#8 – Scared to try something new
Because of difficulty identifying people or finding routes they knew or remembering words that came naturally to them, people with early onset of cognitive decline are afraid to try something new. They stick to their routines and vehemently oppose any suggested changes.
#9 – Unable to follow movies, TV shows
They may find it difficult to follow along a TV show or any storyline in general.
#10 – Confusion
People with early dementia may appear confused. This can occur due to one of the many reasons we mentioned above. They can’t remember faces, places, words, reasons or addresses.