Signs of dementia

If you are worried that you, or someone you know, may have dementia, there are specific signs you can look out for:

  • struggling to remember recent events or conversations
  • finding it hard to follow conversations
  • forgetting the names of friends or everyday objects
  • losing the thread of what you are saying
  • having problems thinking and reasoning
  • feeling anxious, depressed or angry
  • feeling confused even when in a familiar environment or get lost on familiar journeys
  • finding that other people start to notice or comment on your memory loss.

Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean a person has dementia. They could be a sign of something else. But it is important to visit your GP if you are worried.

For more information see factsheet 426, Diagnosis and assessment, or download or order our booklet Worried about your memory?