Early Signs

Warning sign of Dementia vary depending on the individual and diagnosis.


earlysigns

If you or a loved one have experienced any of the following symptoms, contact your health care professional.

Please note that this list does not substitute for nor should it be considered as a consultation with a licensed health care professional.

  • Memory Loss: At first, there will be an inability to remember where a wallet, purse, watch or other smaller valuable is. Dementia is progressive and the forgetfulness will progress to forgetting people and tasks within their normal routines. It will affect the person’s day-to-day life. 
  • Bad Judgment:  An individual with early signs of dementia will begin to make poor decisions.  This might be wearing inappropriate clothing or neglecting their personal hygiene. 
  • Communication difficulty:  The individual will be unable to find the right words or read and write.   
  • Disorientation: The loved one might become confused about place and time and become lost in the middle of a familiar place. 
  • Hallucinations: Seeing or hearing things that are not present. 
  • Behavior change:  An individual with dementia can become anxious, more irritable and depressed very easily.  The mood change will be a result of the inability to perform everyday tasks. 
  • Inability to perform familiar tasks:  A person with dementia will become unable to draw simple conclusions and become frustrated with simple task such as putting away laundry or tying shoes.
  • Poor Concentration:  An individual will not be able to focus on the task at hand or will be distracted by less important things.