5 warning signs that can indicate dementia

5 warning signs that can indicate dementia


The announcement by Bruce Willis' family on Wednesday that the 67-year-old actor has dementia not only shocked, but worried his fans. 

< p>M. Willis also has one of the less common forms of dementia, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), which can affect behavior and language. It represents only 2% of diagnoses.

Alzheimer's disease, on the other hand, is the most common type of dementia: it accounts for three out of four cases.

Here are 5 warning signs that may indicate the presence of this disease.

1. Giving money

Giving money to strangers could be a warning sign of Alzheimer's disease.

That's what emerges from a recent study, which established a link between financial altruism and the early stages of the disease.

“Difficulty managing money is thought to be one of the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, and this finding supports that notion,” says Dr. Duke Han, professor of neuropsychology at USC, who led the study.

2. Changes in humor

Researchers found that people with the condition were more likely to enjoy watching slapstick, absurd or satirical comedies than other people of the same age.&nbsp ;

Starting to watch classic slapstick comedy like Mr. Bean could be another sign of Alzheimer's disease.

According to the study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease in 2015, people with disease begin to prefer slapstick jokes nine years before the typical symptoms of dementia appear.

The study also found that people with FTD were more likely to find tragic events funny.

3. Dressing scruffily

Dressing messy, trying to put together matching clothes, and wearing clothes that are not suitable for the weather could be a another sign of Alzheimer's disease. 

At least that's what a recent study published in Sociology of Health and Illness in 2018 suggests. 

4. Driving impaired

Impaired memory can make Alzheimer's disease patients poor drivers.

The disease affects motor skills, memory, and thought processes, slowing their reaction time and prevents them from parking properly.

A study published in the journal Alzheimer's Research and Therapy in 2021 suggests that people with the disease are more likely to drive slowly and make sudden changes in direction.< /p>

The team used these results to develop a model that predicted whether a person had Alzheimer's disease based on their driving skills.

The model correctly guessed whether a person had Alzheimer's disease disease in nine out of ten cases.

5. Swearing

Not having a filter and swearing in inappropriate situations can be another warning sign.

People usually filter their language so they don't use inappropriate expressions in front of, for example, children. This filter weakens with illness, so people with FTD let out more profanity. 

According to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, people with DFT are more likely to use the word “f**k” when asked to name words beginning with “f.”

Their findings were published in the journal Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology in 2010.

– Based on information from the Daily Mail