According to Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. And, out of these 5.5 million, an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number could rise as high as 16 million.
Furthermore, in 2017, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $259 billion and these costs could rise as high as 1.1 trillion by 2050.
As you must be knowing that dementia is a collection of symptoms that can occur due to a variety of possible diseases. Most prominent symptoms, however, include impairments in thought, communication, and memory. If you or your loved one is experiencing memory problems, don’t immediately conclude that it’s dementia. A person needs to have at least two types of impairment that significantly interfere with everyday life to receive a dementia diagnosis. In addition to difficulty remembering, the person may also experience impairments in language, communication, focus, and reasoning.
Here are 10 early symptoms of dementia one should not ignore. Early detection matters!
1Subtle Short-Term Memory Changes
Trouble with memory can be an early symptom of dementia. The changes are often subtle and tend to involve short-term memory. An older person may be able to remember events that took place years ago but not what they had for breakfast. Other symptoms of changes in short-term memory include forgetting where they left an item, struggling to remember why they entered a particular room, or forgetting what they were supposed to do on any given day.