Dementia Care Site Map
Progression of Dementia


Each person experiences dementia in their own way and will have different symptoms. Their journey will depend on many factors, including the type of dementia, the person's physical make-up and history, their emotional resilience and their support systems.


There is a great deal of variability in the progression of dementia, and no definite answers can be given to what the future holds. A person's abilities may fluctuate to some extent from day to day, or even within the same day.


Sometimes a noticeable decline can happen quickly; in other cases this may happen over a number of years.


It is important to remember not all of these features will be present in every person, nor will every person go through every stage. However it is a useful description of the general progression of dementia.


Early stage dementia


Middle stage dementia


Late stage dementia