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in my opinion the three major reasons to go for early diagnosis (or diagnosis at any stage) are
- There are several sources of dementia SYMPTOMS which can be resolved or arrested without further progress (if caught early enough).
- Imperative to find out if Lewy Body dementia is in the mix (because majority of dementia brains, at point of autopsy, had more than one type of progressive dementia).
- Diagnosis suggests research for insight on dementia symptoms and strategies, which allow the person to live a better quality of life (and with DIAGNOSIS, the care-partners can often access alternate care for their own doctor appointments, trips to grocery, meditation time, and other forms of self-care).
Mayo Clinic lists these as some common dementia symptoms.
- Memory loss, which is usually noticed by someone else
- Difficulty communicating or finding words
- Difficulty with visual and spatial abilities, such as getting lost while driving
- Difficulty reasoning or problem-solving
- Difficulty handling complex tasks
- Difficulty with planning and organizing
- Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
- Confusion and disorientation
- Personality changes
- Inappropriate behavior
Some Reversible Causes of Dementia SYMPTOMS include (there may be some roll-over on these, because with my own dementia symptoms i cannot remember all the factors for each term).
- Infections and immune-disorders
- Alcohol or substance-use disorder
- Metabolic problems and endocrine abnormalities
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Subdural hematomas, (blood clots beneath the outer covering of the brain)
- Side-effects from medications, or combination of medications
- Normal-pressure hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain
- Low levels of thyroid hormones, called hypothyroidism
- Low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia
- HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND)
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