Worried that you or a loved one has dementia? here are a few questions to ask, from a WSJ article:
1. Problems with judgment (such as trouble making decisions, bad financial moves)
2. Less interest in hobbies or activities
3. Repeating the same things over and over (questions, stories or statements)
4. Trouble learning how to use a tool, appliance or gadget
5. Forgets correct month or year
6. Trouble handling complicated financial affairs (such as income taxes, balancing checkbook)
7. Trouble remembering appointments
8. Daily problems with thinking and/or memory
If you answer yes to two or more questions, seek help from a qualified doctor.
My father had 3 & 4 for a long time, and he also had major speech problems, which isn't on the list, and that's when my mom took him to the doctor. Not after we heard about his raspberry bushes for the 150th time, or his complaints that he couldn't use the computer.
But of course who thinks of dementia until it's too late? We need this information to go out to EVERYONE.
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(You may have noticed that I have started including the PubMed references for the original studies, when I can find them. I use this tool at work now to verify references, and it's also great for finding medical articles.)
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