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Early symptoms of dementia

Overview

What are the early symptoms of dementia?

When to suspect dementia

What to do if you suspect dementia

Encouraging a loved one to visit the GP

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  • Reviewed by Graham Pembrey, Lead Health Editor, Bupa Health Content Team, September 2017
    Expert reviewer, Professor Graham Stokes, Bupa Global Director of Dementia Care
    Next review due September 2020

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