Keep aware of the early warning signs of dementia with a list provided by NeuRA.
The early signs of dementia are very subtle and may not be immediately obvious. Early symptoms also vary a great deal. Usually though, people first seem to notice that there is a problem with memory, particularly in remembering recent events. Books for Brains and NeuRA have come up with the list below of signs to keep aware of:
1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function
2. Difficulty in performing familiar tasks
3. Confusion about time and place
4. Problems with language
5. Problems with abstract thinking
6. Poor or decreased judgement
7. Problems misplacing things
8. Changes in personality or behaviour
9. A loss of initiative
Only a medical practitioner such as your local doctor or specialist can diagnose dementia. If a firm diagnosis has been made, it is helpful to find out about dementia and the support that is available to help you manage.
This October is Books for Brains month and NeuRA is calling on all Australians to read and raise much-needed funds to continue research into some of the most devastating diseases of the brain and mind.
To become involved, all people need to do is read (anything!) and have their family, friends and co-workers sponsor them. People can start by setting up an online fundraising page.