I think people should be more aware of the signs. I am finding out since my fathers passing that it had been going on much longer than we were aware of, sometimes I will be going through things and I will happen across several sets of the same things. Other times it is talking to other people and finding out other things he had done without anyone's knowledge the past sic months
I think people also need to be careful not to label something as dementia when it's not. Ageing has many of the same symptoms. For it to be dementia, it needs to be worse than expected due to normal ageing.For father died at 85. He was healthy and alert. In the last year of his life, he started complaining about not remembering things, but it wasn't enough that I noticed it. He was an active learner and continued to study and retain information right up until the end.I'm older than my profile says. I started getting memory and cognitive loss in my late 40s. It was barely noticeable at first, but became very noticeable by my early 50s. There are other symptoms as well. It's almost like I'm not even the same person now as I was my whole life. That person is gone. However I don't think I have dementia. For one thing, with a few mild exceptions, it hasn't gotten worse over the last 8-10 years.
"For father died at 85" <--- Lol, that's one of the symptoms that's very common with me. It should be 'My father'. I have no idea where the word 'for' came from. I proof read stuff several times to look for that stuff, but it gets through anyway.
I agree with you and I can only speak from my experience. I watched my dad decline until the day that he gave his last breath in my arms in his kitchen. I personally suggest getting tested as it is mostly reliable. As with anything there is always room for error. My father was 64 so not that old in terms of age. But he like myself had several traumatic injuries that were related to the brain. I forget much more than I remember, but I am 40. Do I think it is the onset of dementia, not hardly, I just think it is certain parts of my brain don't function as quickly as I would like. I can remember numbers with ease, but dates are not as simple. So it is hit and miss. I can tell you all the steps needed in order to lay out a network, but unless an appointment is in my phone I am apt to forget.
aw im sorry for your loss
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Yeah im still also gonna be doing research