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Health of Older People

Uncomplicated Dementia Pathway - Red Flags

Referral for more extensive investigation is required for memory loss in the presence of the following factors:

Patient: Age less than 60 years


  • Rapid (i.e. over one to two months) decline in cognition or function.
  • Unexplained neurological symptoms (e.g. new onset severe headache, seizures).
  • Use of anticoagulants or history of bleeding disorder.
  • History of cancer.
  • Family history of neurodegenerative disease.


  • Any new localising neurological signs.
  • Unusual or atypical cognitive symptoms or presentation.
  • Gait disturbance.


Last updated : Friday, August 21, 2015
Next review date : Saturday, August 20,2016

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