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'Over half' of dementia sufferers put off visiting doctor

More than half of dementia sufferers admitted to waiting over six months after first noticing symptoms to contact a doctor, a survey from a health charity found. The Alzheimer's Society said 54% put off visiting their GP for at least half a year.

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Early symptoms of dementia

  • Decline in short-term memory and memory loss.
  • Difficulty completing everyday tasks.
  • Problems with language and forgetting simple words.
  • Disorientation with familiar places, like getting lost on the street their home is on.
  • Misplacing things.
  • Sudden changes in mood or behaviour.

Source: Alzheimer's Disease International

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