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Seeing these dementia signs early enough might offer the possibility of treating underlying factors at a time when it can make a big difference to your long-term health, says Money Talks News’ recent article entitled “3 Dementia Warning Signs That May Appear Years in Advance.”
In a summary of the research findings, the study’s first author Nol Swaddiwudhipong, a junior doctor at the University of Cambridge, remarked, “This is a step towards us being able to screen people who are at greatest risk — for example, people over 50 or those who have high blood pressure or do not do enough exercise — and intervene at an earlier stage to help them reduce their risk.”
Here are key signs of dementia that may appear almost a decade in advance of symptoms clear enough for a diagnosis.
In the summary of the research findings, Swaddiwudhipong says, “When we looked back at patients’ histories, it became clear that they were showing some cognitive impairment several years before their symptoms became obvious enough to prompt a diagnosis. The impairments were often subtle, but across a number of aspects of cognition.”
Dr. Tim Rittman from the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge, says, “People should not be unduly worried if, for example, they are not good at recalling numbers. Even some healthy individuals will naturally score better or worse than their peers. But we would encourage anyone who has any concerns or notices that their memory or recall is getting worse to speak to their [primary doctor].”
Reference: Money Talks News (Dec. 23, 2022) “3 Dementia Warning Signs That May Appear Years in Advance”
Suggested Key Terms: Dementia, Senior Health