Dementia is a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. These symptoms include:
If you have concerns about your own memory, or that of a loved one, you should contact your GP, who will be able to complete a memory test and decide what to do next.
It is especially important to seek help if you:
There are many factors that can cause memory problems, for instance: tiredness, stress, overwork, anxiety, depression, some physical illnesses and / or the side-effects of certain medications. And, of course, some of us have always been more absent minded. However, sometimes forgetfulness can be more than just a natural part of the ageing process, sometimes it can be an early sign of dementia. If memory problems are having an impact on your daily life or of someone you know please contact your GP to discuss.
It can be scary to make the first step, but in cases where someone does have dementia, a timely diagnosis can be very important in ensuring they are able to maintain the quality of life that they had previously enjoyed and have access to appropriate support and services. Although dementia is incurable, timely diagnosis can allow access to medications that can be used to effectively slow down the progression of the illness.
If in doubt, see your doctor.