Good BBC article (click the link above) about signs to look out for to find out if someone has dementia, but I think dementia may start much earlier than anyone currently thinks. I want to share my tip for spotting potential dementia in someone you know and I'm talking from direct experience here. Or, you yourself may show a sign of problem yourself. Don't ignore it!
Basically, look out for a one-off behaviour that is done constantly. What I mean by this is that if someone in the early stages of dementia, yet still years away from showing signs of it, they may be unable to do something or say something which is out of character for them and do it constantly.
Some examples to look out for are:
- Calling someone by the wrong name all the time and/or confusing that person with someone else and yet get everyone's else's name correct.
- Putting something in the wrong place, ie putting a spoon in the knife drawer each and every time, or almost every time and yet everything