Dementia is a group of conditions that impact memory, thinking, and social skills. To be diagnosed with dementia, a person's symptoms have to impede routine functioning. They also need to reflect a drastic decline in mental functioning. There is no cure for dementia. Treatment and medication may help reduce the intensity of symptoms, but usually, their effect is minor. Early diagnosis may help inhibit rapid worsening of this condition. These common signs may signal the onset of dementia.
People with dementia tend to have problems with short-term memory. They may remember things from long ago but forget what happened this morning. Memory distortions also occur. People with dementia may confuse people in their memories, or combine two or more memories. Sometimes they think an old memory is a new one. Memory issues are an early sign of dementia.
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