Ten Warning Signs of Dementia
is a checklist of common symptoms of dementia.
Go through the list of the
symptoms, if there are several that you say 'yes' to, a
doctor should be consulted for a complete examination of the
person with the symptoms.
Recent memory loss that affects
It is normal to forget meetings,
colleaguesí names, or a business associateís telephone
number occasionally, but then remember them later.
A person with dementia may forget
things more often, and not remember them later.
Difficulty performing familiar
Busy people can be so distracted
from time to time that they may leave the carrots on the
stove and only remember to serve them when the meal has
A person with dementia might
prepare a meal and not only forget to serve it, but also
forget they made it.
Problems with language
Disorientation of time and place
It is normal to forget the day of
the week or your destination for a moment.
People with dementia can become
lost on their own street, not know where they are, how
they got there or how to get back home.
Poor or decreased judgement
Dementia affects a personís
memory and concentration and this in turn affects their
judgement. Many activities, such as driving, require
good judgement and when this ability is affected, the
person will be a risk, not only to themselves, but to
others on the road.
Problems with abstract thinking
Changes in mood or behaviour
Everyone becomes sad or moody
from time to time.
Someone with dementia can have
rapid mood swings from calm to tears to anger, for no
Changes in personality
Peopleís personalities can change
a little with age.
A person with dementia can become
suspicious or fearful, or just apathetic and
uncommunicative. They may also become dis-inhibited,
over-familiar or more outgoing than previously.
Loss of initiative
It is normal to tire of
housework, business activities or social obligations.
The person with dementia may
become very passive and require cues prompting them to
Based on Is it Alzheimerís? Ten
Warning Signs You Should Know, Alzheimerís Association,
USA. Further information - phone the National Dementia
Helpline on 1800 100 500 (freecall) or visit