DEMENTIA signs include memory loss, confusion and becoming lost in familiar places. One in every 14 people over 65 suffers from the condition. This is how to tell whether you are ageing normally or may be developing dementia.

Dementia has several different types, including alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and dementia with lewy bodies.

Symptoms of the condition include memory loss and putting items in the wrong place, such as placing the iron in the fridge.

Your risk of developing the condition increases as you get older, according to the NHS.

The Alzheimer’s Society says that it is normal for some habits to change as we get older, but that these changes may not be a sign of dementia.

Being forgetful occasionally, or taking longer to fulfil a task may not be a sign of the difficult condition.

It is important to remember that everyone is different and not everyone with dementia will have all of these changes.

Alzheimer's Society

“Many of us get a little more forgetful as we get older,” says the Alzheimer’s Society.

“Most people will need a bit longer to remember things, get distracted more easily or struggle to multi-task as well as they once did.

“You may worry that these things are an early sign of dementia. It’s important not to worry too much about this. For most people, these changes will be the result of normal ageing and won’t be down to dementia.”

The Society compares several different habits, highlighting the difference between how a habit changes as you age, and how it changes if you get dementia.

“It is important to remember that everyone is different and not everyone with dementia will have all of these changes,” it says.

“Other conditions may also account for some of them. For example, a person with depression can have problems making decisions, get confused easily and appear withdrawn or irritable.”

Changes to short-term memory for normal ageing include sometimes forgetting people’s names, but remembering later, occasionally forgetting something you were told and misplacing things from time to time. For example, losing your glasses but later retracing your steps to find it.

Dementia sufferers, however, may forget the names of close friends or family, or recent events, such as who had visited that day. They may also ask for the same information repeatedly, or put objects in unusual places, such as leaving the house keys in the bathroom cabinet.

Your planning and problem solving ability also may change as you age. You can become a bit slower to react to things, become less able to do multiple tasks, and occasionally make a bad decision or mistake.

For people developing dementia, however, this will be more severe.

They may get confused when planning events, have difficultly concentrating, make poor judgement decisions when dealing with money or assessing risks and have trouble keeping track of monthly bills.

The Alzheimer’s Society also suggests dementia sufferers will have different changes in their language ability, unable to find the right word, orientation, losing track of the date and not knowing where they are, and visual perception skills, problems interpreting visual information.

A person with dementia’s mood and behaviour may also be different, as they can become more withdrawn or lose interest in daily activities. They could also become unusually anxious or frightened, or easily become irritable or upset.

There is currently no cure for dementia, with treatment focusing on reducing the symptoms.

Pupa Care Services’ Head of Dementia, Aileen Waton, said that we can help sufferers by assisting them in staying “physically and mentally active” and help them develop coping strategies, “like making lists, labels and reminders that can lessen the impact of memory loss.”