Dementia is a group of symptoms linked to the ongoing decline of the brain.
While there are certain cognitive changes that naturally occur as we get older, others can be a sign of something more serious.
In its early stages dementia may not cause too much of an issue for the person living with it or their loved ones.
But over time it will progress, potentially leading to issues that make everyday life difficult.
An expert spoke with Express.co.uk about some of the early signs of dementia to spot that are worth investigating further.
GP Doctor Phil Green, from Tower Health, shared four early symptoms to be wary of.
“The initial signs of dementia can be subtle and vary from person to person,” he said.
“They might include mild forgetfulness, difficulty finding the right words, trouble with planning and organisation, and getting lost in familiar places.”
As the condition worsens you might notice more symptoms.
Dr Green continued: “As dementia progresses, more noticeable symptoms emerge.
“These could encompass severe memory loss, confusion about time and place, challenges in completing familiar tasks, poor judgement, withdrawal from social activities, and shifts in mood and personality.
“Some lesser-known signs include difficulty recognizing faces, trouble with spatial relationships (like tripping over objects), reduced ability to understand and follow complex instructions, and changes in hygiene habits.”
What should you do if you suspect a loved one has dementia?
If someone you know is suffering from symptoms of dementia, approach them with empathy and patience, Dr Green said.
He explained: “Engage in open conversations, expressing your concern while being understanding.
“Always avoid confrontation and provide reassurance wherever and whenever possible.
“If you observe these symptoms, and they begin to interfere with daily life, seeking medical assistance is crucial.
“Consulting a healthcare professional, such as a geriatrician or neurologist, can lead to early diagnosis and effective management.
“Remember, early detection and support can significantly improve the quality of life for both the person with dementia and their caregivers.”
The NHS lists common early signs of dementia as:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Finding it hard to carry out familiar daily tasks, such as getting confused over the correct change When shopping
- Struggling to follow a conversation or find the right word
- Being confused about time and place
- Mood changes.
“These symptoms are often mild and may get worse only very gradually,” the NHS says.
If you think someone is displaying signs of dementia you should arrange for them to see a doctor.
Post source: Daily Express