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5 Unexpected Signs of Dementia

If it seems like you forget things easily or you aren't sure where you place something in the home, then you might be experiencing early signs of dementia. There are some people who think that leaving items laying around the home and not remembering where they are is something that is done because of being too tired or having other things on the mind. However, if the pattern seems to repeat itself, then you might want to consider talking to a doctor about being tested for dementia so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. 

Changes In How Things Taste

If you're sick, then you might notice that there are changes in how foods and drinks taste. This is also one of the early signs of dementia that people don't know about. Something else to pay attention to is a sudden desire for sweet foods. According to a Japanese study, the disease can control the parts of your brain detect flavors. Some people are so immune to the taste of some foods that they eat items that are expired or rotten. 


At times, you might find that there is a desire to steal from other people or from stores. "JAMA Neurology" reveals that about 14% of people who have dementia lose the control of the brain that is responsible for making ethical decisions. This area of the brain is also in control of respecting the social norms that prevent you from stealing or that give you a guilty conscience when you do something wrong. 

Lie Detection

Some people simply think that everyone is telling the truth. If you are someone who has recently started to think that everyone is being sincere, then you might want to think about checking for other signs of dementia as this is one that is unexpected. Dementia alters the area of the brain that allows you to interpret various types of verbal information, which makes you think that everyone is being sincere when they might be lying. 

Slower Body Movements

When the brain doesn't function as it should because there isn't a clear communication from the brain to the body, various movements tend to become slower. You'll find that with dementia, your gait might be slower. You might move the hands and arms slower than usual. This can affect the way that you drive and get around the house, so it's important to let your doctor know if you experience any changes in your movements. 


This is an activity that many people with dementia pick up on as they think that it's alright to keep things that they don't need. They want to keep pictures, newspapers and other items that others would normally throw away because they don't know that there isn't a use for them. It's another issue that should be addressed because there are health concerns for those who hoard expired foods or for those who begin to stack items high in the home, preventing safe movements while inside

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