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10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Dementia

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9. Lack of Initiative or Apathy

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Another early dementia symptom is lack of initiative or apathy. The person may slowly lose interest in hobbies or activities that he or she used to enjoy in the past. The person may even show less interest in going out with family members or friends.

Instead, the person may prefer to sit in front of the television for hours without showing any interest in what is being broadcast or will prefer to sleep for hours.


Apathy is common in early stages of some types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia.

10. Disregard for Grooming and Personal Hygiene


As dementia has an impact on the brain, people often forget to brush their teeth, take a bath daily, comb their hair, clip their fingernails, change their clothes and even forget to use the toilet.

Slowly, they start to show no interest at all toward grooming and personal hygiene. They may even not remember when they took a bath or brushed their teeth last time. They may even refuse any kind of assistance as an attempt to preserve their own self respect.


These symptoms are more noticeable in a person who once gave much importance toward cleanliness and personal hygiene, but has now stopped attending to grooming or keeping himself or herself clean.

Other possible signs and symptoms of dementia:

  • Problems calculating figures, handling money or dealing with numbers.
  • Slight slowness of thought.
  • Difficulty finding the right words or other trouble with language.
  • Skipping lines while reading.
  • Difficulty planning and executing activities that require organization.
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  • Loss of motor skills and sense of touch as well as smell.



10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Dementia was last modified: August 28th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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7 thoughts on “10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Dementia”

  1. Thank you for this very informative articles, but it will be more helpful if you put some advices or devices to follow so that dimentia can be avoided, if possible.

  2. Thank you such a wonderful article on dementia. Is there remedy for a person suffering from it and how does one go about it.

  3. Great article, because I see signs in myself with this…..and makes me scared that I may not recognize my family members. .I saw a look in my grandmother that was fog like and nothing was in her mind.just her body was. If that makes sense. .I guess I’m looking to deal with this EMPTY journey that I maybe going to.im so confused…

  4. I agree. Some advise to where to get checked out or what the next blood test or excamination of such, is recomended

  5. I recognize most of the signs with a family member. I know that Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is not curable at this moment, and that they are werking on it. It woud have been nice in this article that there were some tips on how to deal with some of these behaviors.

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