How to Spot the Early Signs of Dementia


There are still quite a few questions surrounding the exact causes of dementia, and how it can potentially be prevented. But we do know that there are certain things, like medication and cognitive therapy, that can help to slow down the progression of dementia. However, catching dementia early is what will make these things work best.

As we age, it’s not uncommon to suffer from occasional forgetfulness, which doesn’t necessarily mean you have dementia. However, there are some signs you should be looking out for, in yourself or a loved one, which could actually be early dementia symptoms.


Struggling to Communicate

Everyone struggles to recall a word during a story once in a while. But if you find it’s happening more often than it did before, this might be an early dementia symptom.


Mood & Personality Changes

If you’re noticing yourself feeling a little down, or you notice some mood changes in a loved one, seek a doctor’s advice right away. Dementia could be the cause of this, and even if not, it could be another issue which needs attention.


Short-Term Memory Loss

We’ve all walked into a room and forgotten why we walked in there, especially during times of stress. But if this is happening more often, or if you or your loved one struggles to recall something simple, you need to bring this to the attention of a doctor.


Difficulty Following Along

A very common early sign of dementia is having trouble following along with a simple conversation between friends or on a favourite TV show. If you notice this in yourself or see that a loved one is withdrawing during conversations, mention it to a doctor.



It’s hard to notice if you’re repeating things on a regular basis. If you find yourself re-doing tasks you’ve already finished, this could be a possible sign of early dementia. It’s often friends and family who start noticing that their loved ones are telling the same stories over and over again. If you see this happening, seek out a diagnosis from your doctor.


Having Trouble with Everyday Tasks

Have you forgotten how to use a microwave after using one for 20 years? Did you wash your hair with shaving cream or even forget to shower at all? If you or someone you know is stumbling over daily tasks that should be second nature, this a sign of a bigger issue than normal memory loss.



Someone who walks to the store a few times a week for the past 10 years shouldn’t, all of a sudden, get lost along the way. If this is happening to you, or you suspect this is happening to a loved one, look into the cause of the disorientation immediately.


Strange Decisions

If your loved one has recently made some questionable decisions, stop and take notice. It doesn’t even have to be a major life or financial decision. It can be that they went outside wearing shorts during a snowstorm, or they ate ice cream for lunch every day for a week.


Trillium Communities Can Help!

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with any stage of dementia, Trillium Communities offers ongoing or respite care. We also offer memory support services along with activities specifically for those with dementia. Contact us for more information or to book a no-obligation tour today!