Early Signs of Dementia or Just Aging?

Early diagnosis can help people with dementia plan for the future and might mean they can access interventions that help slow down the disease. Being familiar with the signs of dementia can help people receive a diagnosis as early as possible.

Early signs that a person might have dementia can include:

  • being vague in everyday conversations

  • memory loss that affects day-to-day function

  • short term memory loss

  • difficulty performing everyday tasks and taking longer to do routine tasks

  • losing enthusiasm or interest in regular activities

  • difficulties in thinking or saying the right words

  • changes in personality or behavior

  • finding it difficult to follow instructions

  • finding it difficult to follow stories

  • increased emotional unpredictability.