Dementia symptoms: Early signs recognise in yourself or a loved one

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Early symptoms are listed by Alzheimer’s Disease International.

It explains: “Symptoms vary between Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, but there are broad similarities between them all. The most common signs are memory loss and the loss of practical abilities, which can lead to withdrawal from work or social activities.

“If you think that these problems are affecting your daily life, or the life of someone you know, you should talk to your doctor, or encourage them to talk to theirs.”

Dementia affects around 850,000 people in the UK, according to Alzheimer’s Society, with numbers set to rise to more than million by 2025. There are four main types – vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Different types of dementia can affect people differently, and people experience symptoms in their own way. But there are some common early symptoms which may appear before a diagnosis of dementia.

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