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Being Forgetful May Be The First Signs Of Dementia

Update Date: Nov 03, 2015 11:56 AM EST

If you forget small things, or why you came to a certain spot, then you might be showing early stages of dementia, warns a recent study by The University of California.

Women who show memory loss are 70 per cent more likely to be said to suffer from mild cognitive impairment or dementia after decades, according to Daily Mail.

You might forget where your car is parked, or miss calling a friend back. You might not be remembering the names of your friends, or their locations, for that matter.

This is probably due to our short-term memory being "easily distractible", according to Dr Oliver Cockerell, a consultant neurologist at The London Clinic.

Or it might be due to stress, grief and lack of sleep, or trying to multi-task.

All these might point to depression, stress or a lack of focus, or give warning signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.

In one type of Alzheimer's, the memory does not get affected, but that area of the brain that is responsible for "visual processing" suffers attack, according to ndtv

"Huge numbers come in because they cannot remember people's names. The bottom line is, if you are aware of your memory problems, you are unlikely to have dementia," Cockerell was quoted as saying.

"We now know the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease can begin some 15 years before symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, or long before the beginning signs of a dementia surface," said Dr. Barry Reisberg, Director of the Fisher Alzheimer's Disease Education and Resources Program at New York University Langone Medical Center. It might take years to develop Alzheimer's, according to Alzinfo.

The study appeared in the journal Neurology.

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