Forgetting to turn on the oven for the Christmas turkey could be a sign of early dementia in a loved one, says the NHS’s top dementia expert. Prof Alistair Burns said becoming confused in a strange house and forgetting relatives’ names may also be early signs of the disease.
He said it was important to look for changes in normal behaviour in older family members. There is usually a rise in calls to the Alzheimer’s Society in January.
Possible warning signs of dementia in older relatives:
- disorientation or confusion when in a new place or new environment
- forgetting the names of loved ones to the extent that it causes embarrassment
- forgetting to buy someone’s present
- forgetting to cook things for a big Christmas dinner, forgetting to switch the oven on or cooking things in the wrong order
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Tenaciousdetroit: TIL my grandma has had dementia for the last 40 years
Khryn_Tzu: This was a big red flag that my dad was going downhill from Dementia. Thanksgiving last year he undercooked the turkey. Cut it up with the meat still pink and gooey. Tried serving it to us.
He was of course very upset when he realized his mistake, tried to heat it up and then burnt it.
777777777-7777777777: If there is only one symptom from Grandma AKA forgetting to buy you a present; hold off on calling in her neuro. The cure may be calling her to see how she is and taking her out to lunch once in a while.
RedEyeBlues: [I can’t wait until I get old.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9foSmSM1dw)
abx1224: Alzheimer’s =/= Dementia
The symptoms are similar, but it’s definitely not the same thing. I should know, Alzheimer’s runs in both sides of my family.