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Checklist of possible behavioural warning signs of dementia

Researchers on Sunday outlined a syndrome called “mild behavioural impairment” that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to help identify who’s at risk. The symptoms must mark a change from prior behaviour and have lasted at least six months. Among the questions:‚ÄîHas the person lost interest in friends, family or home activities?

- Has the person become less spontaneous and active — for example, is he/she less likely to initiate or maintain conversation?

- Does the person view herself/himself as a burden to family?

- Has the person become more anxious or worried about things that are routine, like events, visits?

- Does the person feel very tense, having developed an inability to relax, or shakiness, or symptoms of panic?

- Has the person become agitated, aggressive, irritable or temperamental?

- Does the person hoard objects when she/he did not do so before?

- Has the person recently developed trouble regulating smoking, alcohol, drug intake or gambling, or started shoplifting?

- Does the person say rude or crude things or make lewd sexual remarks that she/he would not have said before?

- Has the person started talking openly about very personal or private matters not usually discussed in public?

- Has the person developed beliefs that they are in danger, or that others are planning to harm them or steal their belongings?

- Does the person report or act as if seeing things or hearing voices?

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