Some symptoms of dementia

These symptoms have been compiled with the guidance of information provided by the Altzheimers Disease International 

Every person is unique and dementia affects people differently - no two people will have symptoms that develop in exactly the same way. An individual's personality, general health and social situation are all important factors in determining the impact of dementia on him or her.

Memory loss

Declining memory, especially short-term memory, is the most common early symptom of dementia.

Difficulty performing familiar tasks

People with dementia find it hard to complete everyday tasks such as what order to put clothes on or the steps for preparing a meal.

Problems with language

They often forget simple words and may find speech or writing hard to understand.

Disorientation to time and place

They may become lost in familiar places such as the road they live in, forget where they are or how they got there, and not know how to get back home.

Poor or decreased judgement

People with dementia may dress inappropriately, wearing several layers of clothes on a warm day or very few on a cold day.

Problems with keeping track of things

A person with dementia may find it difficult to follow a conversation or keep up with paying their bills.

Misplacing things

A person with dementia may put things in unusual places such as an iron in the fridge or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.

There may be personality changes, becoming very anxious or depressed.