Dementia is an umbrella term describing a group of symptoms that occur together. It often refers to memory loss plus at least two of the following:
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Word finding difficulties
- Loss of initiative
- Misplacing things, regularly
- Problems with abstract thinking
- Changes in moods or behavior
- Disorientation of time and place poor or decreased judgment
Although the presentation of dementia symptoms can differ for each person, usually the onset is gradual and, in the early stages, this can make the symptoms difficult to confirm. It is important to note that memory loss and other symptoms of dementia are not a normal part of ageing, however the incidence does increase with age.
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