- Dementia early signs include being repetitive
- Repating daily tasks may be sign of neurodegenerative condition
- Behaviour caused by brain cells deteroriating
- Other signs include subtle shot-term memory loss and depression
Being repetitive could be an early sign of dementia.
Repeating daily tasks, like shaving or collecting items, may be a sign of a neurodegenerative condition.
Simply asking the same questions in conversation, after they’ve been answered, may also point to dementia, according to medical website Healthline.
Repetitive behaviour is caused by brain cells deteriorating.
The warning comes after scientists revealed waking up in the night could increase the risk of dementia.
Disruptions to the natural body clock could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.
Eight hours of sleep a night doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t develop dementia.
Detecting the condition earlier could help doctors treat dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Association said: “The main cause of behavioural symptoms in Alzheimer’s, and other progressive dementias, is the deterioration of brain cells which causes a decline in the individual’s ability to make sense of the world.
“In the case of repetition, the person may not remember that she or he has just asked a question or completed a task.
“Environmental influences also can cause symptoms or make them worse.
“People with dementia who ask questions repeatedly may be trying to express a specific concern, ask for help, or cope with frustration, anxiety or insecurity.”
Subtle short-term memory changes could also be an early sign of dementia.
Forgetting what they had for breakfast, or where they left certain objects, are symptoms of neurodegenerative conditions.
Depression is also a typical early sign of dementia. Mood changes or a shift in personality could point to the condition.
Other early signs include apathy, listlessness, confusion, a failing sense of direction, and difficulty following conversations.
About 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
One in 14 people over 65 will develop the condition, while one in six over 80 will be affected by it.
One million people will have dementia in the UK by 2025, estimates suggest.
Early diagnosis will help to slow down the condition’s development. With treatment and support, many dementia patients lead active, fulfilled lives.