First Signs of Dementia

Memory loss should always be investegated further as it could be the First Signs of Dementia

Look closer at what is causing memory problems

If you suspect that someone, or even yourself  might be suffering from memory loss, it coud be the first signs of dementia.

It as always a good idea to be checked by a doctor if you do suspect that yourself or somebody you know is having memory problems. If you or the individual are reluctant to see a GP, why not take a simple dementia test to see if your memory is being affected by something that needs further investigation.

What are the first signs of dementia?

  • The person might have a problem finding the correct words to say. This can become more evident in a stressful situation. They could find difficulty in answering questions about themselves.
  • In the first signs of dementia often family names become difficult to remember.
  • The person may feel disorientated. Examples could be the person not recognising familiar places that you know they should know such as roads and areas near to where they live. The dementia sufferer could easily get confused about the time of day and start acting out of place, and example would be getting up in the middle of the night wanting to go somewhere.
  • The person could have poor judgement on simple tasks, an example would be dressing inappropriately for the weather outside or being totaly unaware of a dangerous situation.
  • They may become withdrawn and depressed, have bouts of unexplained temper, or feel anxious and start to panic at simple tasks.
  • They may have trouble thinking and speaking clearly. Doing practical tasks become more difficult and the order in which you go about doing a simple task becomes confused especially tasks that you used to do quite easily before.

A disease that has led to a person suffering from dementia can affect everyone differently so the symptoms of one person that has the condition may not be the same symptoms of another sufferer. What happens with one person is not what may happen to somebody else.

People who have dementia can often have good quality of life for a number of years. However the first signs of dementia will generally get progressively more severe with time. As the disease worsens you may find the symptoms get progressively worse and it may difficult to look after the sufferer.

If you notice the first signs of dementia it is very important to get help from social services, local doctors and most importantly, family and friends. There are some great helpful organisations on our Groups page that can help.

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March 7, 2011

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5 Responses to “First Signs of Dementia”

  1. Gary says:

    I don’t want to name names but one of my friends is showing signs of memory loss. I went around to my friends last week and he keeps forgetting little things like where he left his car keys and even what number house he lives at. Do you think this is showing possible signs of dementia? And if so what shall I do? I have read about the symptoms of dementia that you show above and they seem to apply to my friend. My friend is suffering similar signs of what you describe above. I have tried to get him to see a doctor but he refuses and says that he is ok but I know he isn’t because of the way he behaves and speaks about things. What should I do. What do you suggest I do if he keeps on showing the signs of dementia yet doesn’t believe me when I say he has dementia.

    • John says:

      Hello Gary, you have to try to convince your friend to see a doctor. Although you cannot force him to visit their GP. Sometimes nagging someone constantly can make matters worse. I would suggest you try to contact his family and let them know your thoughts. Maybe they can help him to recognise that he needs to see a doctor. Are his family and other friends aware that he is showing symptoms of dementia. I would tread carefully when talking to his family. There are many organisations that produce leaflets on dementia and Alzheimer’s so maybe you could get hold of a few and ask him to read these.
      Let me know how you get on. The main thing is that you continue to be a good friend to him.
      Good luck.

  2. brenda storey says:

    I am forgetting a lot of things and dementia is on both sides of my family one on mams one on dads

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