In most cases, the symptoms that characterise dementia come on gradually and get worse over time, often over a number of years. They can vary according to the condition causing them and from person to person but the symptoms of dementia include:
- Struggling to remember things that happened recently, even though you can easily remember things from longer ago.
- Struggling to follow conversations, particularly in groups.
- Forgetting the names of people or things.
- Struggling to follow a story on television or in a book, or understand magazine and newspaper articles.
- Having trouble remembering the day or date.
- Having trouble remembering where you put something, or where things are kept.
- Repeating yourself or losing the thread of what you are saying.
- Finding your thinking is fuzzy.
- Struggling to do things you used to find easy.
- Feeling confused even in a familiar place.
- Having problems controlling your mood, or controlling your emotions.
Both the person with dementia and those around them may not even notice the signs or take them seriously for quite some time.
Seeking further advice
If problems like this start to affect your daily life, it is worth sharing your concerns and making an appointment to discuss them with to your GP.
If you are worried about someone else’s memory, try to encourage them to see their GP and offer to go with them for support if they seem a bit reluctant.