Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. While Alzheimer’s Disease is the most recognized form of dementia, there are many other types underneath the umbrella of “dementia”.
Symptoms of dementia may include:
- Memory loss
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images
- Problems with speaking or writing
- Difficulty paying attention or focusing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgement
- Withdrawal form work or social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
If you or a loved one are experiencing memory loss or other changes in skills, don’t ignore them. See a doctor for a professional evaluation.