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Help with possible early symptoms: you know when something's just not quite right?

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Bringiton2016 Sat 09-Apr-16 20:57:19

Hi, just wondered if anyone would be kind enough to share what they first noticed with family members having dementia?

I am starting to have concerns which may be unfounded or may be due to stress. It's regarding a family member.

Many thanks.

Openmindedmonkey Sat 09-Apr-16 21:42:47

My FiL tended to forget simple things from the recent past (clear recall of decades ago, typically), he couldn'the remember words, usually names & nouns during conversations, he also forgot where he put things. Then slowed down in general & contributed less to conversations, partly because he lost his confidence in social situations.
It was very sad to see the spark go out.
The GP was fabulous & the Memory Clinic at the local hospital looked after him very well.
You have my sympathy, OP, as does your family member flowers

Bringiton2016 Sun 10-Apr-16 07:55:41

Thank you so much for sharing. I've been reading the board and it sounds so distressing.

As I say, there's just a few things going on that I'm starting to notice.

lostinyonkers Sun 10-Apr-16 08:03:04

Forgetting recent things/names. Worriting about things like medication (asking 3-4 times an hour if they'd taken their meds) and central heating timer. Not remembering if they'd had lunch.

Spoke to GP and they did blood tests which showed very low vit B12 which can affect cognition. Had several high dose vit B12 injections which appear to have made a definite difference.

Referred to dementia specialist and diagnosis confirmed so is now on meds to slow progression.

If you have any suspicions, act NOW and they will be able to slow down the progression.

Openmindedmonkey Sun 10-Apr-16 14:53:25

Good point about speed, yonkers.
FiL was given a new-ish drug early on, which slowed down progress & probably gave us a couple more years with him.
Keep researching, bringiton, & try to get an assessment as soon as you can

BarbarianMum Tue 19-Apr-16 13:18:15

My dad was diagnosed with early stage dementia yesterday. We think it actually started a couple of years ago but has been masked due to his very poor hearing (we thought he was getting confused because he hadn't heard arrangements etc properly).

Signs have been: muddling dates and times, and just not managing to keep them straight, total inability to get to grips with his meds (he was a pharmacist so would once have found this easy), declining interest in personal hygiene, finds it hard to absorb new information - asks same question 20 times, muddles up events and dates from last few years (but can remember stuff from 1950s perfectly).

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