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Dementia

Signs and Symptoms of Dementia

Dementia is a progressive disease of the brain and is not a natural part of ageing. It affects everyone differently so no two people with dementia are the same.

There are a number of warning signs to look out for, including:

  • Memory loss – forgetting names, places, recent events or conversations
  • Making decisions and solving problems is more difficult
  • Difficulty completing  everyday tasks
  • Feeling confused, even when you are in a place you know
  • Trouble understanding  images and pictures
  • Judging distances and not knowing it is you when you look in a mirror
  • Problems with  speaking or writing. Find it hard to follow conversations
  • Forget or lose things
  • Changes in mood or personality – may become upset or angry

When signs and symptoms are 

Recognising the signs and symptoms of dementia in yourself or a loved one could lead to an earlier diagnosis and then you can access dementia support services in Doncaster. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these warning signs, or if you have concerns about dementia, speak to your doctor.   

To find out more about the symptoms of dementia, including the difference between Alzheimers and dementia please click the following link- https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/dementia/understanding-dementia/

To find out more information on dementia self-help books from Doncaster Bassetlaw Teaching  Hospitals, please click the following link- dementia self-help books.pdf

Support and advice

As well as speaking to your doctor, the Doncaster Dementia Roadmap is another place you can go to for advice and support. It provides  information about the dementia journey and local information about services, support groups and care pathways. 

Doncaster Dementia Roadmap

Visit the Doncaster Dementia Roadmap for more details.

To discover how music can help people with dementia, visit Age UK. To find local groups near you that offer music sessions, click here.

Browse Age UK's top tips for living well with dementia here

Follow the links to the right for other useful contacts.

Last reviewed: 06/12/2019

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