Signs of dementia

Poor memory is one of the most common symptoms of dementia. This can include having difficulty paying attention, storing new information and recalling recent events.

Other symptoms include:

  • Difficulty in reasoning (organising, planning, explaining)
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Difficulty with abstract thinking
  • Loss of initiative
  • Impaired judgement
  • Disorientation  
  • Personality changes
  • Changes in mood or behaviour
  • Difficulties with language
  • Coordination problems
  • Deterioration in driving skills
  • Difficulty with spatial relations

People with dementia will be affected by these symptoms in different ways. Gradually over time most functions of the brain will be affected.

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