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It Could Be A Warning Sign Of Dementia If You Start Talking Like This
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says it is a sign of dementia if you start "using unusual words to refer to familiar objects." A decline in effective communication is common for several types of dementia, including Alzheimer's.
Another indicator is describing the object as opposed to simply naming it, notes Best Life. Over time, the condition progresses to the point that one's abilities to communicate, understand difficult ideas, read, and write become hindered.
Serious memory problems brought on by stress, anxiety, depression, or delirium can resemble dementia. These can also be side effects of some medications, but a proper diagnosis is the only way to ensure if someone actually has dementia.
Though dementia typically can't be cured, catching it as early as possible is key for receiving treatment that can improve symptoms. Cholinesterase inhibitors, memantine, and other medications may be prescribed along with occupational therapy, changing the environment of the home, and simplifying tasks.