Signs of dementia in women

Dementia is a disease that affects both men and women, and the most common symptoms include memory loss, difficulty with planning and problem solving, confusion about time and place, and changes in mood and personality. Despite these common symptoms, there are differences in how dementia manifests between the sexes. Women are at a higher risk of developing dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease, and their symptoms may be more pronounced in some areas.

1. Memory loss

Memory loss is often the first sign of dementia in women. They may have difficulty remembering recent conversations, important dates and everyday events, which can significantly affect their daily life.

2. Difficulties with planning and problem solving

Women with dementia may experience difficulty following a plan or solving problems, which can make managing household budgets or following complex prescriptions challenging. This can lead to frustration and uncertainty.

3. Confusion about time and place

Women can become disoriented and forget where they are, how they got there or what day it is. This confusion can create feelings of anxiety and uncertainty, further affecting their well-being.

4. Problems with visual and spatial relationships

Women may have difficulty judging distances, colors and contrasts, affecting their ability to drive or read. These problems can make everyday activities more challenging and less safe.

5. Impaired judgment

Women with dementia may begin to make bad decisions, such as giving away money to strangers or neglecting personal hygiene. This impaired judgment can affect their independence and quality of life.

6. Social withdrawal

Women may begin to withdraw from social activities, hobbies and other commitments, often due to uncertainty about their cognitive abilities or depression resulting from dementia symptoms.

7. Changes in mood and personality

Changes in mood and personality are common. Women may become more irritable, depressed, anxious or suspicious of others, reflecting the cognitive decline and affecting their relationships with loved ones.

By being aware of these signs and how they manifest in women in particular, early diagnosis and better management of the disease can be enabled, which is crucial to maintaining the quality of life for women with dementia.