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Watch out for the signs of dementia

One of the many groups set up to help people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia Credit: ITV News

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