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10 Signs You Need Dementia Memory Test

elderly woman with dementia

First, let’s define dementia. Dementia is a chronic loss of cognitive functioning that interferes with a person’s daily life. This includes the ability to think, reason, and remember. 

Geriatric Psychiatrists Can Diagnose Dementia With Different Types

The common types of dementia include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Vascular dementia
  • Mixed dementia (a combination of two or more types of dementia)

Common Dementia Symptoms

dementia symptoms

Sign 1: Memory loss that affects day-to-day abilities,

Sign 2: Difficulty performing familiar tasks – cooking, managing bills, taking longer to complete tasks, etc.

Sign 3: Difficulty speaking, understanding, and expressing thoughts, or reading/writing

Sign 4: Disorientation to time and place, confusion, wandering, and getting lost

Sign 5: Poor judgment

Sign 6: Problems with abstract thinking

Sign 7: Misplacing things, forgetting where you put things

Sign 8: Changes in mood, behavior, and personality- being impulsive, not caring about others’ feelings

Sign 9: Withdrawal from social activity, losing interest

Sign 10: Loss of initiative

If you experience several of these symptoms, it may be time to get evaluated.   

Quick Guide to Dementia Memory Test

Dementia Memory Test

Upon the physician’s evaluation of your current symptoms and medical history, you may have to undergo any of these diagnostic tests for a more accurate diagnosis:

  • Physical examination, including urine and blood tests
  • Cognitive tests (Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) or the Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) screening)
  • Laboratory tests (B12 serum level, complete blood count, TSH/thyroid hormone level, complete metabolic panel/heavy metal screening)
  • Brain imaging techniques (usually via MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan)
  • Genetic testing

For more information about dementia memory tests, read our guide here: How To Test for Dementia: Screening Guide for Dementia

Remember that diagnosing dementia and related mental health disorders like Alzheimer’s disease as early as possible is important to prevent them from progressing. If you or a loved one is showing early signs of dementia, please don’t hesitate to seek professional help from your primary care provider.

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