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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
  • Challenges in planning, making decisions or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar everyday tasks
  • Feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships – judging distances, not recognising themselves in a mirror
  • Problems with communication - speaking or writing, struggling to follow conversations
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Changes in mood or personality – may become anxious, upset, suspicious, fearful

Recognising the signs and symptoms of dementia in yourself or a loved one could lead to an earlier diagnosis and enable you to access the many local 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, click here.

Support and advice

In addition to speaking to your doctor, the Doncaster Dementia Roadmap is another place you can go to for advice and support. It provides high quality information about the dementia journey alongside 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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