Signs & Symptoms

The term “dementia” or cognitive impairment describes a set of symptoms associated with a material decline in memory or other thinking skills. This decline reduces a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living, sometimes referred to as “ADL’s.”

Warning Signs:

  • Generalized memory loss
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Forgetting simple words
  • Getting lost in time and place
  • Poor judgment
  • Problems with abstract thinking
  • Misplacing things
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Dramatic changes in personality
  • Loss of initiative or interest in usual pursuits

Memory Issues That Affect Quality of Life

  • Repetitive “looping” questions
  • Challenges with planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or leisure
  • Withdrawal from social events
  • Placing items in odd places (i.e. phone or keys in refrigerator)
  • New problems when speaking or writing words
  • Difficulty recalling conversation/names after a few minutes or even seconds

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Additional Resources:

ADL’s described:  https://www.verywell.com/dementia-daily-living-adls-97635

SYMPTOMS, Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-20352013

ADL’s assistance, Cleveland Clinic: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9589-alzheimers-disease-assisting-with-your-loved-ones-activities-of-daily-living

Dementia described, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control: http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/DiseasesandConditions/Alzheimers