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Forgetfulness is a normal part of life, but memory loss isn’t

We often get a lot of people contacting us in the new year, as people have picked up the signs and symptoms that a loved one may have dementia over the holidays. Memory loss might be the most common symptom of dementia – but it’s not the only one.

Here are eight of the most common symptoms to look for:

  1. Poor short-term memory
  2. Inability to carry out common tasks, such as preparing a meal
  3. Personality changes
  4. Struggling to follow conversations
  5. Becoming depressed or withdrawn
  6. Difficulty with abstract thinking
  7. Poor judgement
  8. Disorientation with time and place

If you're concerned about changes to a family member's memory or thinking, contact your GP and check out our Is it dementia? page for information and support.