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Health Tip: Signs That a Loved One May Have Dementia

(HealthDay News) -- Dementia is a brain condition that describes a collection of symptoms that may include difficulty remembering, communicating, comprehending and learning.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says a person with dementia may exhibit these behaviors:

  • Significant forgetfulness, including repeating a question many times and not realizing that it was already asked.
  • Problems performing tasks that were once easily accomplished, such as cooking or serving a meal.
  • Difficulty speaking and communicating thoughts.
  • Getting lost, or being unaware of time and date.
  • Showing a lack of judgment or having problems thinking about abstract concepts.
  • Placing objects in unusual places.
  • Changes in personality and mood, including a lack of initiative.

-- Diana Kohnle

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