Dementia Education: Signs and Symptoms

Dementia is an umbrella term for multiple neurological disorders that causes a decline in brain functioning which impacts an individuals everyday life. While typically seen in older people, dementia is not considered a normal part of ageing and generally occurs due to a combination of lifestyle factors including age, genetics and health, but anyone can develop the disease.

There is unfortunately no cure yet for dementia. However, specialised dementia care can be provided to manage presented symptoms. To ensure the right care is provided, it is important for individuals to be diagnosed as early as possible. While we understand that this is difficult, recognising dementia at its early stages is crucial.

To provide the care needed, please look out for the following dementia symptoms in your loved ones:

  1. Memory loss impacting daily living
  2. Confusion around time, dates and places
  3. Changes in personality, behaviour and/or mood
  4. Decrease or absence of good judgement and decision making
  5. Decrease or absence of personal initiative and motivation
  6. Difficulties performing familiar tasks
  7. Difficulties with language – including speech, writing or language comprehension
  8. Difficulties with abstract thinking (eg. depth perception, problem solving, hypotheticals and symbolism etc.)
  9. Difficulties with misplacing items and an inability to retrace steps to find it

While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, it does not come from one specific condition alone, as multiple conditions can lead to dementia. Dementia is also experienced differently by the individuals impacted because of a large variation of symptoms. However, after an official diagnosis from a medical practitioner, people with dementia can still live fulfilling lives.

If you’re worried that a loved one is showing signs of developing dementia, you don’t have to care for them alone. As the condition becomes more complex overtime, so does the care that needs to be provided.

At Scalabrini, we specialise in dementia care to increase the quality of life for those with high care needs by creating enriching environments and managing symptoms. We specifically cater to individuals living with dementia and they are accommodated by our Dementia Excellence Team who specialise in creating ideal environments for residents.

Our experienced team is here to answer any questions that you may have about dementia and what dementia care at Scalabrini looks like. To learn more about how we can help you meet the needs of your loved one, please don’t hesitate to have a chat with us at or call 1800 722 522.