Christmas is often recognised as the most common time of the year for noticing signs of dementia as we spend more time with our elderly family and friends. Whilst it will leave great memories for most of us, it will leave some people confused and anxious about changes they may have witnessed.
Forgetfulness does not necessarily mean a person has dementia – we can all forget things, but there are a number of symptoms that may alert you to an issue that you may feel needs discussing such as:
• Memory problems
• Increased confusion
• Reduced concentration
• Personality or behaviour changes
• Apathy and withdrawal
• Loss of ability to do everyday tasks
If you are worried, speak to the person and encourage them to visit their GP. Offer to go with them. There could be another underlying reason for the changes even something as simple (but serious) as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or a vitamin deficiency. Whatever the cause, you need to support your relative or friend and ensure they receive the right diagnosis and treatment.
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