Dementia is not a disease itself, but the loss of intellectual functions (such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning) of sufficient severity to interfere with an individual’s daily functioning.
Early-stage signs of Dementia include:
- Difficulty with basic skills (i.e. balancing a check book)
- May cover up problems with excuses
- Begins to forget where they left personal belongings
- Recognizes that they are forgetting things
Middle-stage signs of Dementia include:
- Possible Depression and anger
- Inability to dress appropriately
- Difficulty cutting foods
- Difficulty bathing
- Difficulty following plots in books and movies.
- Speaking slowly and in jumbled sentences
- Inappropriate urination
- Falling or instability
- Difficulty recognizing friends or family.
Advanced-stage signs of Dementia include:
- Does not recognize friends and family
- Speech is limited to single words
- Loses consciousness
- Inability to sit up
- Will continue to respond to touch and affection
- Ambulation is lost