Dementia Pathways. For Health & Social Care Professionals

Cognitive Impairment Suspected

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Cognitive changes, although important, do not define dementia, any of the following symptoms may indicate the need to evaluate for dementia.

Cognitive Changes

New forgetfulness, difficulty finding a word, difficulty following the flow of a conversation or understanding written text.

Impairments to Activities of Daily Living

Difficulty following recipes, difficulty managing bills & finances, neglecting self-care.

Changes to Personality

Quick to anger, easily frustrated, social withdrawal or inappropriate flirtation, excessive friendliness.

Psychological Changes

Depression, anxiety, apathy, insomnia, paranoia

Behavioural Changes

Agitation, wandering, restlessness