Dementia

Updated 24 May 2016

Symptoms of dementia

Dementia is a term that describes a variety of symptoms linked to a decline in memory or other thinking skills. In severe cases it can reduce people's ability to perform everyday tasks and activities.

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Symptoms of dementia usually develop gradually and are often progressive. In the case of a brain injury or infection they may develop suddenly and may remain relatively stable.
 
The general symptoms of dementia are:

- Short-term memory loss

- Changes in personality

- Inability to perform and complete everyday activities

- Confusion

- Impaired judgment

- Getting lost in familiar places

- Paranoia or suspicion of others

- Strange behaviour, deterioration of mood.

Read more: 

What is dementia?

Causes of dementia

Treating dementia

Reviewed by Dr Duncan Ian Rodseth, MB Bch MMed (psych). Consultant Psychiatrist in private practice, Parktown Johannesburg. March 2015