Spotting the early signs of dementia
It is important to understand that dementia affects people in different ways.
Broadly, the symptoms associated with dementia are a decline in memory, reasoning and communication skills, a gradual loss of the ability to carry out daily activities and to make sense of the world around us, and confusion. The symptoms of dementia gradually develop over time, but how fast the dementia progresses will depend on each individual.
The NHS advises that if you or a loved one is becoming increasing forgetful, particularly if aged over 65, it is a good idea to seek medical advice in case it could be an early sign of dementia. Often, the fear of dementia can prevent people from seeking help or advice – but seeking advice early could rule out causes that may be treatable.
Possible symptoms of dementia
- Increased forgetfulness – for example forgetting recent events or forgetting the names of friends or everyday objects
- Losing the thread of a conversation
- Feeling confused even when in a familiar environment
- Increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require concentration and planning
- Changes in behaviour and mood
- Difficulty finding the right words
- Orientation difficulties
- Difficulties with sequencing
Please note that there are many things that can cause these symptoms that are not dementia, so always contact your GP in the first instance to rule out treatable conditions if you have any concerns.
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