Symptoms of dementia vary significantly between individuals, and depend on the cause and the area of the brain that is affected as well. There is no one characteristic symptom of dementia. There are many different symptoms and a person affected by dementia have some (but not all) of these symptoms.
In many cases the symptoms may be subtle and go unrecognised for some time, where as other cases may have very obvious symptoms. Memory loss is usually the first sign of dementia. Initially the person has loss of short-term memory and later, all the aspects of memory are affected. The person may forget where kept an object just a few minutes ago or forget the name of an acquaintance.
Other symptoms and signs of dementia include:
Some types of dementia may have some characteristic symptoms such as:
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