Pay Attention to Behavior Changes in Middle Age
Called "mild behavioral impairment," changes in personality and behavior might precede memory loss as a sign of dementia. According to researchers, losing interest in activities previously enjoyed; becoming frequently anxious, aggressive, or suspicious; and beginning to make inappropriate comments in public all may be early signs of Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia.
We now know that many types of dementia, including Alzheimer's, result in changes in the brain several years before symptoms of the disease develop. While memory loss is certainly a hallmark of dementia, changes in areas of the brain not associated with memory can produce other signs of diseases. These symptoms may include depression, increased agitation, and other changes in behavior.
Many forms of dementia irreversible, but early treatment can often delay progression of the disease. Medication, cognitive training program, and other therapies may be beneficial if started early.
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