dementia vary depending on the cause and the
area of the brain that is affected. Memory loss is usually the earliest and most
noticeable symptom. Other key symptoms of dementia include:
- Having difficulty recalling recent
- Not recognizing familiar people and
- Having trouble finding the right words to express thoughts
or name objects.
- Having difficulty performing
- Having problems planning and carrying out tasks, such
as balancing a checkbook, following a recipe, or writing a
- Having trouble exercising judgment, such as knowing what to
do in an emergency.
- Having difficulty controlling moods or
Depression is common, and agitation or aggression may
- Not keeping up personal care such as grooming or
Some types of dementia cause key symptoms:
- People who have
dementia with Lewy bodies often have highly detailed
visual hallucinations. They may fall frequently.
- The first symptoms
frontotemporal dementia may be personality changes or
unusual behavior. People with this condition may not express any caring for
others, or they may say rude things, expose themselves, or make sexually
Symptoms of dementia that come on suddenly suggest
vascular dementia or possibly
delirium-short-term confusion caused by a new or
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