First Signs of Dementia

Do you suspect the first signs of dementia in someone or even yourself? Would you like to know more ways to recognise the 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

We take a look at how to recognise the first signs.

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? This is a simple way to help you recognise you are having memory problems. This may help you recognise that your memory is being affected by something that needs further investigation.

What are the first signs of dementia?

We all forget things now and again and there are many reasons for we might forget things. But detecting disease like Alzheimer’s or Vascular dementia as early as possible is crucial to get the best treatment for the individual. Early detection also means better help for families and carers.

We take a look at some of the first signs of dementia a person might show.

  • 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. Example would be remembering their age, birthdays, childrens names.
  • The person may feel disoriented. Examples could be the person not recognising familiar places that you know they should know. This could be roads, shops or areas near to where they live.
  • Confussion about the time of day. An 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 weather conditions outside.
  • Being totally unaware of a dangerous situation like crossing roads.
  • Becoming withdrawn and depressed.
  • Bouts of unexplained temper, or feeling anxious.
  • Starting to panic at simple everyday tasks.
  • They may have trouble remembering conversations.
  • Doing practical tasks become more difficult. An example may be using a washing machine or buying food.


We are all different. But when we see changes in personality we should become aware

Dementia can affect everyone differently and at different speeds. Noticing recognisable symptoms of dementia in one person may not be the same symptoms to recognise in another person. Some of us have naturally good memories others don’t.  Dementia is very rarely inherited from our parents so don’t think because you become a little forgetful that you are showing the first signs of dementia because your parents had the disease.

If you notice the first signs of dementia in yourself or somebody else, it is very important to get help. This could be from social services, local doctors and most importantly, family and friends.

There are some great helpful organisations on our Groups page that can help if you notice the first signs of dementia.

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  • Gary

    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.

    • 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.

      • Gary

        Thanks for the advice. I’ll let you know how I get on.

  • brenda storey

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

    • john

      Hello Brenda,
      Have you seen a doctor or discussed your condition wth anybody?

  • I lost my father-in-law from dementia so heartbreaking to see, he loved hugs an kisses, he knew me mum by touch, I am doing a course on dementia so I no more and help people that need help it will take me 3 years but it be worth it xx

    • john

      Hello Colleen and thanks for the comment. Its tragic to lose a loved one to dementia so i’m sorry to hear about your father-in-law, but good on you for wanting to train to help others with dementia. Good luck with your studies.

      • i passed my assessment test for my dementia course its for 16weeks, so happy they accepted me

        • john

          Well that’s great news Colleen, Well done. Im sure your going to do great and be a great help to many people. Keep us informed on how you get on.

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