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Screening for Early Onset of Dementia: Common Signs

Common signs and behaviors include:

  1. Personality changes, including insensitivity or abruptness.

  2. Frequent lapses in recent memory.

  3. Forgetting appointments.

  4. Forgetting names of familiar people.

  5. Disorientation in familiar places.

  6. Being unable to find the way home.

  7. Confusion over familiar tasks, such as handling money or placing a call.

  8. Reduced physical coordination.

  9. Anomia - a problem with word finding or impaired recall of words.

  10. Difficulty learning novel things.

  11. Difficulty adapting to change.

  12. Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.

  13. Mood swings, paranoia, fearfulness.

  14. Social withdrawal and depression.

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