- Memory loss. Frequent hesitation in finding words or using word substitutions can indicate the first stages of memory loss. If the person is asking for the same information repeatedly, this could be another sign of memory loss.
- Lack of recognition. Becoming lost in a well-known area or taking a long period of time to arrive home could indicate forgetfulness. However, memory loss can begin to interfere with daily living If a person becomes disoriented even when at home or is confused by familiar people.
- Social skills. Signs of concern include losing the ability to recall recent social experiences or to communicate, either orally or in writing. You may also notice a decline in personal hygiene.
- Behavioral changes. This may include changes in attitude, mood or behavior that are out-of-character or inconsistent with their typical personality. For example, if the person exhibits paranoia and accuses others of stealing lost items, this could be a sign of cognitive decline.
- Disorientation to time and place. If a loved one cannot recognize the date or time of the day, or is unable to recall significant dates or events, they may be experiencing symptoms of cognitive decline.
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