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Dementia is a condition of the
brain that affects as many as 4
million Americans. Memory loss
is one of the first signs of dementia followed
by changes in personality, behavior,
and the ability to communicate clearly.
Dementia can affect younger age groups,
but is most common in those persons who
are age 65 years and older. Dementia is
not a part of the normal aging process.
Early diagnosis of dementia
is important. A
is necessary to identify
what has caused the dementia. Some forms
of dementia are reversible with appropriate
medical attention. In other cases, a treatment
plan can be developed that will help support
the patient, family and caregivers.
10 Warning Signs of Early Dementia:
Recent memory loss that affects job
Difficulty performing familiar tasks
Difficulty finding the right word when
Difficulty remembering the date, or
Loss of judgement
Difficulty with abstract thinking
Changes in mood or behavior
Changes in personality
Loss of your "get-up-and-go"
If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, you should contact VA or your physician for a complete medical examination. Early diagnosis and treatment allows patients and their family time to try treatment options, connect with support services, and make practical plans for the future.