One early sign of dementia is that the individual demonstrates increased anxiety. If a person who otherwise is not a generally anxious person develops new onset anxiety after age 65, screening that person for dementia is a sound practice.
You may also notice that the individual becomes less descriptive in their conversation, due to a loss of word-finding ability.
It’s common for people with dementia to become more interested in routine. It’s a coping mechanism to become invested in familiar daily tasks, and they become apathetic to new activities. Sometimes people misinterpret apathy as depression. Apathy means lack of interest in doing things, whereas depression should be associated with sadness.
The Everett Clinic and Polyclinic doctors are specifically trained to diagnose dementia, so there’s no waiting to see a specialist. If positive, the doctor will explain the diagnosis. They will also refer you to our Memory Health Support team to coordinate a care plan and resources for ongoing support.