Dementia can cause a number of different symptoms. Here we explain some of these changes and suggest practical ways to manage them.
Memory loss is a common early symptom of many types of dementia. There is a lot you can do to cope with it.
People with dementia behave in ways that seem act out of character as the condition progresses. This may be down to untreated physical conditions, not being able to communicate, or confusion or distress.
Communicating and language
Dementia can cause problems with language and affect a person’s ability to communicate. However, there is a lot you can do to help them.
A person with dementia may at times behave aggressively, either physically or verbally. This is often because of an unmet need or being unable to communicate.
Sight and hearing loss
Difficulties with sight and hearing loss are signs of aging, that can also be symptoms of dementia.
Perception and hallucinations
Dementia can affect someone’s perception of the surrounding world, with some people experiencing hallucinations.
A person with dementia may walk about. This is often because of an underlying need that a person with dementia has.
Sleep and night-time disturbance
A person with dementia can experience sleep disturbances, such as repeatedly waking up through the night or ‘sundowning’.