Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities.  While Alzheimer’s Disease is the most recognized form of dementia, there are many other types underneath the umbrella of “dementia”.

Symptoms of dementia may include:

  • Memory loss
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images
  • Problems with speaking or writing
  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgement
  • Withdrawal form work or social activities
  • Changes in mood or personality

If you or a loved one are experiencing memory loss or other changes in skills, don’t ignore them. See a doctor  for a professional evaluation.