Early Onset Dementia Symptoms and Signs to Look For

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Initial Signs and Symptoms of Early Onset Dementia

What are the Early Onset Dementia Symptoms? Have you noticed something odd about a loved one lately? Are they finding it difficult to remember important names, dates, places, and events when you ask them about it?

Often people would think that forgetting these things is normal and it’s just part of “getting old”. But what many people may fail to realize is that this could be one of the early onset Dementia symptoms.


Early Onset Dementia Symptoms affect the cognitive function of the brain. Faculties such as judgment, memory, and concentration grow worse as the  Dementia Stages progress. Dementia is not merely a single disease but rather  a non-specific syndrome. That means that tan ailment is connected with several symptoms that point towards a particular disease or disorder.

Early onset dementia symptoms are often confused as just plain forgetfulness by many people who witness it.
Early onset Dementia symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Poor judgment
  • Finding it difficult to do daily tasks
  • Lacking the ability to concentrate
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Language and speech problems
  • Having difficulty to recognize, understand, and comprehend
  • Short term memory loss


Dementia symptoms are hard to detect during the early part of the ailment. A scale developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg called the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS) helps give an overview of the stages Dementia sufferers will go through. Having knowledge of these key Dementia stages will help you or caregivers get an idea of what level a Dementia-sufferer is at in the ongoing progress of Dementia.

A quick overview of the scale will give you a good idea of the different Dementia stages and their progression. The levels  below will give you a simple way of looking for  the different early onset Dementia  symptoms.

Level 1

This is the stage where people feel memory lapses. They tend to forget words, names, or an object’s location like the car keys or objects they use daily. But this is still not evidence of clear Dementia symptoms in a medical examination or is not even clear to friends, family, or co-workers.

Often the patient would think that their being forgetful is due to old age.

 Level 2

The confusion, forgetfulness, and lapses in memory become more obvious. The person suffering from Dementia will now have a hard time covering up their lapses and is now often seen as irritable and anxious. They will tend to ask a lot of repetitive questions. The ability to manage daily affairs is also now affected. Often this is the time where a Dementia sufferer gradually withdraws from socializing, finding a task is uncomfortable and sometimes unbearable.

 Level 3

This is the stage where anyone who might be talking to your loved one suffering from Dementia would notice that they have a problem. Their Dementia at this point may also limit the ability to think. At this stage most require constant supervision while others round-the-clock watch just to make sure they are safe. They will also need assistance with activities necessary for daily living like bathing, dressing, eating and they lose the ability to live independently.
This is going to be a tough challenge for you. The conditions outlined above will put what the person suffering from Dementia into context and give you an idea what to expect as the illness progresses. Individuals will have different levels of progression though based on their overall physical condition and what type of Dementia they are suffering from.


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