As mentioned previously dementia can present and progress differently from person to person. When the symptoms of dementia first present it is often overlooked because the onset is gradual. Common symptoms may include:
- Losing track of the time
- Becoming lost in familiar places
Once the frequency of these symptoms increases the person themselves or those close to them may be the ones to identify it.
Diagnosis at this point is very important so that information regarding the disease can be explored and plans are put in place for the future.
Ideally at this point the following steps should be taken:
- Financial planning (check insurance policies, organise monthly bills)
- Apply for a medical card
- Make a will
- Establish an enduring power of attorney if there is someone in your life who can support you
Please click the next lesson to explore the progression of dementia further