What if Santa forgot Christmas

Nearly two thirds of adult New Zealanders have some personal experience with dementia. So, chances are, it could even happen to Santa. Remember to look out for the early warning signs in the ones you love.

What are the early signs?      What you can do  

So what if Santa forgot Christmas?

Look for the 10 common
early signs of Dementia


Memory loss

You may notice subtle changes initially such as repeating the same story and asking the same question. Often their long-term memory will be good but not their short term one.


Difficulty performing tasks

There may be a shift in their ability to perform familiar and everyday tasks such as cooking a meal, as well as difficulty multi-tasking.


Problems with language

They may struggle to find the right words or to communicate their thoughts and feelings. They may remove themselves from social situations to avoid making mistakes around others.


Disorientation to time and place

They may have difficulty knowing the time of day, where they are or where they need to be.


Poor or decreased judgement

They may appear confused and not work well under pressure, with difficulty in decision-making, problem solving and judgment.


Problem keeping track of things

They may have difficulty keeping track of dates and times, or any new information, and rely on family and friends for memory aid.



Misplacing things

They may misplace items regularly and forget where they’ve put things.


Changes in mood and behaviour

They may experience an increase in feelings of anxiety and low mood, making them appear ‘difficult’, suspicious and defensive to others.



Trouble with images and spatial relationships

They may have trouble understanding visual images (e.g. road signs) and spatial relationships (e.g. speed and distance), which can have major repercussions for their safety to drive.



Withdrawal from work or social activities

For fear of others noticing changes in their ability to manage, they may lose interest in their work or hobbies and appear socially detached.


What should I do if am concerned about
myself or someone I know?

Confusion or forgetfulness may not mean someone has dementia but if you’re
concerned about changes in someone it’s helpful to seek advice.

What you can do  

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