Early signs of dementia

February 17, 2022 Dementia Care

Early signs of dementia

What are the early signs of dementia?

Dementia is a complex disease which means the early stage symptoms can vary from one person to the next. The symptoms for dementia are not always evident right away which can sometimes mean it is not detected for some time. Below we have listed some of the most common symptoms that can be detected for the early stages of dementia.

Memory loss that affects everyday life:

  • Confusion with time and place
  • Misplacing things and the ability to retrace steps
  • Complete change in mood and personality
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Difficulty in problem-solving and planning

Dementia can be very difficult to detect and for some people, the symptoms listed above may develop at different stages. Some of them may not affect you at all but these are the primary symptoms that you should be aware of.

What to do if you are experiencing early signs of dementia?

If you experience changes in your memory, mood, or ability to manage everyday tasks develop, you must visit your GP. Diagnosing dementia early means that you may be able to access appropriate treatments, services, and support.

If you are concerned that you may have dementia it can be difficult to know exactly what questions you need answering by your GP.

Below are some questions that you may consider asking. This will allow you to understand exactly why you are experiencing all these changes.

  • What is dementia?
  • What type of dementia do I have?
  • How can it be treated?
  • What changes should I expect?
  • Can I continue to work?
  • Are there any support services I can access?
  • Is there a special diet I need to follow?

You must find out all the information that you may need to be fit to manage everyday life as you learn to live with dementia.

How is a diagnosis made?

The diagnosis of dementia can take time. It is not just one test, it involves several assessments. Doctors will generally begin by ruling out other possible causes for your symptoms, this may include some urine and blood tests along with some memory and thinking tests.

Following your tests, your GP may refer you to see a consultant who specialises in diagnosing dementia. The consultants normally have a specialist team that you will work with to determine your exact diagnosis. Following on from this you will learn about the people you can talk to for help and support at such a difficult time.

To find out more about the early-stage signs and symptoms, read here.

How can Cavendish Homecare help?

At Cavendish Homecare we have a team of homecare managers, registered nurses, and carers with a wealth of experience and experts that can provide practical and emotional support and care. We understand that this is such a sensitive time, having trustworthy support can make a huge difference with learning to live with dementia.

If you would like to enquire about our dementia homecare services, contact us on, 02030085210 or email us at info@cavendishhomecare.com

About the Author…

Grace Laudy

Recruitment and Compliance Assistant

Grace Laudy, a dynamic individual driven by a strong passion for making a positive impact on society and excelling in her professional life. Grace is actively involved in her local leisure centre, championing inclusivity in sports for individuals with disabilities. Grace’s compassion extends beyond community involvement to her personal life, where she provides support to a family member living with Parkinson’s disease.

Having transitioned into a pivotal role as a recruitment and compliance assistant at Cavendish Homecare, Grace excels at guiding nurses and carers through the onboarding process and expertly handling the meticulous management of compliance. Grace’s multifaceted contributions showcase her as an exceptional professional with a genuine commitment to making a positive impact on all clients, nurses, and carers.

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