Symptoms of dementia

Symptoms of dementia usually develop gradually and are often progressive. In the case of a brain injury or infection they may develop suddenly and may remain relatively stable.


The general symptoms of

dementia are:

- Short-term memory loss

- Changes in personality

- Inability to perform and complete everyday activities

- Confusion

- Impaired judgment

- Getting lost in familiar places

- Paranoia or suspicion of others

- Strange behaviour, deterioration of mood.

Read more: 

What is dementia?

Causes of dementia

Treating dementia

Reviewed by Dr Duncan Ian Rodseth, MB Bch MMed (psych). Consultant Psychiatrist in private practice, Parktown Johannesburg. March 2015