9. Lack of Initiative or Apathy
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.