Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Are you getting more forgetful? How to tell if it is a sign of early dementia
Have you ever walked into the kitchen to get something but forgot what it was you needed? What about the times you could not recall where you had placed your keys? Or you hare at the gym but you have forgotten to bring your workout gear – again. More detrimentally, were there occasions when your mind drew a blank when your boss asked for some crucial numbers at a meeting?
Are you developing dementia?
It is a particularly salient question, considering September is World Alzheimer's Month.
“The answer is no,” said Dr Ng Li-Ling, vice president of Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) in Singapore. “Most people forget little things every day, like people’s names or where we’ve placed our keys. But this is a normal part of life.”
While it is common to forget the name of someone you have just met, someone with early signs of dementia may do so repeatedly and even forget about ever meeting the person.
Interestingly, the early signs seen in younger patients are different from the older ones, according to the Alzheimer's Society in the UK. Older patients tend to suffer from memory loss, but in younger sufferers, they may have problems with eyesight, planning and making decisions, and speech instead.