What is dementia and what are the signs of dementia?

Dementia is a decline in mental ability which affects memory, thinking, problem solving, concentration and perception. Dementia occurs as a result of the death of brain cells or damage in parts of the brain that deal with our thought processes.

Signs of dementia.

The following signs could be the early symptoms of dementia. See your GP if you are worried about any changes in yourself or another person in relation to:

  • Memory (specifically memory loss) – struggling to remember recent events, but easily recalling things that happened in the past

  • General mental functioning – having problems thinking or reasoning

  • The ability to carry out daily tasks – struggling to follow conversations or TV programmes

  • Personality changes – feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss

  • Behaviour changes – repeating things or losing the thread of a conversation

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing. It’s important to speak to your GP sooner rather than later if you are concerned about memory problems or other symptoms.