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What are the early signs and symptoms of dementia?

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Memory loss is very, very important and can be a presenting feature. It’s important to recognise that we all have lapses in our memory and one shouldn’t attach great significance to these things, but progressive memory problems particularly noticed by other people. Then other losses of ability, these can range from linguistic ability, language, reading, and writing through to mathematical abilities, spatial awareness, and indeed often personality change is an important feature.