Early Signs / Memory Loss

Some people may begin to experience symptoms of confusion or memory loss and others may notice changes in personality or behaviour. It is important to find out what is causing this.  

The word ‘dementia’ is an umbrella term for a number of different types: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, Frontotemporal dementia and others.

This is a simplified list of the ten most common signs experienced:

If you are worried about your memory or changes in personality or behaviour of someone you know, then the first step is to see your GP. This is really important as there are many health problems which may be making your memory worse or causing some confusion. Your GP will talk through some of the problems with you and probably arrange for some blood tests. It is always helpful for someone who knows you well to go to the GP with you. It helps make sure the doctor gets all the information they need as well as supporting you.

If all physical and mental health problems are ruled out for the change in memory or behaviour, then the GP may refer to the Memory Assessment Service (MAS).