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Recognising the Symptoms of Dementia

September, 2012 TSG_PTIMG_HealthScreen

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:

  • forgetfulness – forgetting names of people or everyday items;
  • loss of short term memory – forgetting what you did or were told or read a short time ago;
  • difficulty following what people are saying or understanding relatively simple instructions and retaining them;
  • difficulty making decisions
  • finding people are commenting on your forgetfulness
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.

Sourced from AgeUK

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