Are you starting to forget things on a regular basis? Do you go out to the shops but end up somewhere else? Do you stand in a space and think ‘why am I here?’? You don’t have to worry about this alone; start talking to your family about it.
‘Talking’ is the message from the Alzheimer’s Society and the focus for this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 19th to 25th May.
Because we are all living longer, we all face a higher risk one day of developing dementia. If it’s not you, it could be one of your family members.
It is important for people to come forward earlier for help and assistance. Check-ups are simple and straightforward and a doctor will be able to see if further help is required.
Although dementia is a progressive illness, early diagnosis allows consideration for a trial of medication. Practical guidance and support can be offered through our close links with other organisations and the voluntary sector. People who have dementia can attend therapeutic groups which facilitate discussion on living well with memory loss and learning techniques to help people cope. It also enables people to plan for the future. Dementia is a term used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diease conditions. The following are a few of the most common symptoms of dementia:
- Loss of memory
- Probelms with speech
- Lack of understanding
If you require further information about dementia please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk