Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Over a third of people over 65 will develop dementia and an estimated 21m people in England have a close friend or family with the condition.
Early symptoms include memory loss, difficulty in performing everyday tasks, and problems with language. Other signs include disorientation about time and place, poor or decreased judgement, and problems with keeping track of things. Symptoms also include misplacing things, changes in mood or behaviour, changes in personality, and loss of initiative.
Dr David Spraggett Chair of NHS South Warwickshire CCG and a Kenilworth GP, said: “Many people see dementia as a normal consequence of ageing and don’t come forward for the help and support that’s available. Recognising the symptoms is the first step towards getting a diagnosis that can reduce the anxiety of people with dementia and their family. We strongly believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins, so supporting people to live well with dementia is a key priority. Early diagnosis allows a greater chance to benefit from treatments, access resources and information, and to plan for the future.”
“If you are worried about your memory or think you may have dementia, then contact your GP Practice as soon as possible. There are treatments and support available and the earlier dementia is diagnosed, the better you can be supported to maintain your independence.”