Two years ago, Lucy and her mom went to a supermarket when they met her mom’s former boss of the book store she worked at right before her retirement. They had a great conversation about the bookstore, weather, food, and grandchildren. Then after her former boss left, her mom turned to Lucy and said, “That is a really nice guy. Do you want to invite him to our house and introduce him to me?” Lucy almost burst into laughs. But after that, Lucy noticed that her mom was having more and more trouble with her memory and became confused occasionally. These are often the early signs of dementia.
Many people have similar experiences to Lucy’s mom. How can we recognize early signs of dementia, make plans accordingly, and reduce the impact of the disease on our loved ones as well as the family? There are 10 major early signs of dementia; we illustrate them using specific examples. Take notice when you see them in your loved one. To learn more about how we can help, click here.