Risk Factors and Early Signs of Dementia

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Risk factors and early signs of dementia

Common Risk Factors:

  • Age
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Head trauma
  • Diabetes
  • Poor nutrition
  • Limited social interaction
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress and depression
  • Smoking and alcohol use
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Air pollution
  • Family history of dementia


*Keep in mind genetics/genes only account for a small percentage of dementia cases and most causes of dementia are thought to be most heavily influenced by lifestyle factors.

Common Early Signs:

  • Forgetfulness of recent events and placement of items
  • Confusion about time and place
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Getting lost in familiar places
  • Decreased ability to focus
  • Decline in planning and organization
  • Impaired judgment
  • Repetitive questioning or storytelling
  • Communication problems
  • Visual perception changes
  • Odd or inappropriate behaviors
  • Personality changes
  • Apathy
  • Withdrawal from work and/or social activities


To learn about common symptoms specific to certain types of dementia check out:

NHS Symptoms of Dementia: Dementia Guide

References: 

https://alzheimer.ca/en/about-dementia/how-can-i-prevent-dementia/risk-factors-dementia

https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/10_signs

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