During the early stages of dementia, it can be confused with age-related forgetfulness that we all experience. With dementia, this memory loss is more significant than forgetting things occasionally and tends to gradually get worse over time. People begin struggling with work or everyday tasks, like paying bills or driving places and in the later stages may have difficulty dressing, bathing, walking or recognising family and friends. If you notice significant changes like these symptoms, it is a good idea to have a chat with your GP. It is also important to recognise that there can be many other causes of these symptoms, such as depression, strokes, infections, severe vitamin deficiencies, thyroid abnormalities and even side effects of medications can cause memory difficulties.