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Early signs of senile dementia named

Semyon Golosheikin, senior researcher at the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told how to prevent and notice dementia in time, or senile dementia.

With dementia, a person loses the ability to think, remember, navigate in space and time. According to Golosheikin, two types of dementia are most common: atrophic, caused, for example, by Alzheimer’s disease, and vascular, associated with cerebral atherosclerosis.

Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, depression and alcoholism can increase the risk of dementia. Also, factors may include social isolation and lack of active cognitive activity. Smoking, alcohol abuse, unhealthy diet and composition, and a sedentary lifestyle can also have a negative effect.

The specialist noted that the condition of pre-dementia is difficult to diagnose. It can be confused with normal aging or even stress response. Among the signs of future dementia, Golosheikin listed: forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, planning, a decrease in the level of abstract thinking, even hearing loss.

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