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Dementia

Every person with dementia is different and is an individual with their own personality. Some of the ways in which dementia can affect people include:

  • Memory loss: this particularly affects day-to-day memory, for example, forgetting what happened earlier in the day, not being able to recall the reason for being in a particular shop, being repetitive or forgetting addresses - some people remember things from a long time ago much more easily
  • Communication problems: Including problems finding the right words for things, for example describing the function of an item instead of naming it, people might also struggle to follow a conversation
  • Difficulties with thinking things through, planning and problems with carrying out everyday tasks such as handling money
  • Confusion about time or place, not recognising or getting lost in familiar places or being unaware of the time or date
  • Sight and vision problems: increased difficulty with reading and judging distances or mistaking shiny, patterned objects or reflections and unusual emotional behavior or responses
  • Becoming sad, angry, frightened or upset - someone may seem to lack self-confidence or display changes in mood
  • Restlessness or disorientation In unfamiliar or noisy environments people with dementia may become confused or ill at ease

Further information

For further information view the Cheshire West Dementia Strategy and Dementia Friends website.

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