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.