Watch out for the signs of dementia

Many people in the region are mistaking absent mindedness for dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Society. It says calls to its helpline rose by 60% during last year's festive season.

60%

Rise in calls to the Alzheimer's Society helpline between December 2014 and January 2015

30%

Rise in traffic on the Alzheimer's Society website between December 2014 and January 2015

The charity's calling for greater understanding about the signs of the disease.

62%

2/3 people in SW thought putting everyday objects in the wrong place was a sign of dementia

Dementia affects everyone in different ways, but people should seek medical advice if they notice that they:

  • struggle to remember recent events, although they can easily recall things that happened in the past

  • find it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV

  • forget the names of friends or everyday objects

  • cannot recall things they have heard, seen or read

  • repeat themselves or lose the thread of what they are saying

  • have problems thinking and reasoning

  • feel anxious, depressed or angry about their forgetfulness

  • find that other people start to comment on their forgetfulness

  • feel confused even when in a familiar environment.

You can find out more on the Alzheimer's Society website. The charity also runs the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 11 22