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Dementia warning – the mood changes that could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s

Dementia is the name given to a group of symptoms linked to an ongoing decline in brain function. You could be at risk of the neurodegenerative condition if you develop unexplained mood swings.

There are a number of different types of dementia, and the most common in the UK is Alzheimer's disease.

Diagnosing the condition early could help slow down the condition's progress.

Making some small lifestyle changes could lower your chances of developing Alzheimer's in later life.

You could be at risk of the neurodegenerative condition if you develop uncharacteristic mood changes.

It's common for dementia patients to have a number of changes to their personality.

You may feel more downbeat, closed off, or generally a bit numb.

But it may be difficult to spot these changes in yourself, and a close relative or friend may be the first to mention it.

It's important to speak to a doctor if you develop any small changes to your overall mood.

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"A change in mood is common with dementia," said medical website Healthline.

"If you have dementia, it isn't always easy to recognise this in yourself, but you may notice this change in someone else. Depression, for instance, is typical of early dementia.

"Along with mood changes, you might also see a shift in personality.

"One typical type of personality change seen with dementia is a shift from being shy to outgoing. This is because the condition often affects judgment."


You could also be at risk of Alzheimer's if you develop difficulties reading.

Small changes to your vision could be one of the earliest warning signs of Alzheimer's disease.

You may find that you struggle to read books or notes as easily as normal.

One of the most common warning signs of the condition is difficulty judging distance, which is also linked to vision.

There's no certain way to prevent dementia from developing, but there are ways to lower your risk, said the NHS.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet should help to lower your chances of developing dementia.

It's also important to do enough exercise. Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.

There are around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, and the condition affects one in every six people over 80 years old.



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