Dementia is a set of symptoms which occur when the brain is damaged by a condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.
The stages below provide an overall idea of how abilities change once symptoms appear and are intended to be used as a general guide.
Please, be aware that it may be difficult to place a person with dementia in a specific stage as stages can overlap.
There are three major stages of dementia:
Confusion with time
Changes in sleep patterns
Personality and behavioural changes
Moods and emotions
Changes in behaviour
Inability to recognise people and places
Unwillingness to move on their own