While there are a variety of different memory disorders, dementia is a collective term used to describe the neurological symptoms that such memory disorders can cause. Dementia is characterized by decline in memory and difficulty in other types of thinking. Early diagnosis can be helpful in increasing the chances of being able to reverse, slow, or halt progression of the condition. Common symptoms include:
- Loss of memory.
- Difficulty performing or completing familiar tasks.
- Using the wrong words or forgetting simple words.
- Being disoriented about where you are in time or space.
- Poor judgment or inability to follow through with basic life skills.
- Putting things in the wrong places.
- Changes in mood.
- Personality changes.
- Loss of initiative.