Signs of Dementia
Dementia is not a disease but a collection of symptoms that result from damage to the brain. These symptoms can be caused by a number of conditions. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease.
Common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia include:
- memory loss, especially problems with memory for recent events, such as forgetting messages, remembering routes or names, and asking questions repetitively
- increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require organisation and planning
- becoming confused in unfamiliar environments
- difficulty finding the right words
- difficulty with numbers and/or handling money in shops
- changes in personality and mood
More detailed information about the symptoms of dementia is available on NHS Choices. NHS Choices has a range of information, advice and tools to support living with dementia.