1. Firstly it is important to understand how dementia differs from normal forgetfulness. Dementia is a gradual loss of memory which seems to worsen over time and it is usually associated with changes in personality and often an inability to care for oneself. Unlike dementia, normal forgetfulness will not usually have an effect on daily life, though when symptoms first begin the changes can seem similar.
2. Additional symptoms can include disorientation and personality changes. Often a sufferer will have increased irritability and may have difficulty concentrating and understanding new ideas.
3. A lack of personal hygiene and general self-care and unexplained weight loss may also be indicators.
4. If you are concerned that a relative may be suffering with dementia then the earlier you visit the GP for a diagnosis the better. Not all memory related issues are caused by dementia so a quick diagnosis means there is more opportunity for the problem to be resolved.
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