Age-Related Forgetfulness or Signs of Dementia?

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Have you ever wondered whether experiences like forgetting an appointment, not remembering the way back home, or forgetting to turn off the water after a shower, may be warning signs of dementia or mere instances of general forgetfulness? The following list may help you to see which category you may fall into.

Patterns of Age-Related Forgetfulness (Normal ageing):

Warning Signs of Dementia:

Dementia significantly influences both the patient’s quality of life and that of those around them. If frequent symptoms suggestive of dementia are present, it is advisable to seek professional help for a comprehensive evaluation. This is important not only to identify potentially treatable causes but also to attempt to delay the progression of the condition. Early detection and treatment increase the chances of slowing down cognitive decline, reducing the burden on caregivers.

Nacharin Phiphopthatsanee, MD MRCPsych

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