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!
2Difficulty Finding the Right Words
Another early symptom of dementia is struggling to communicate thoughts. A person with dementia may have difficulty explaining something or finding the right words to express themselves. Having a conversation with a person who has dementia can be difficult, and it may take longer than usual to conclude.