Posted on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society
“Asking the same question over and over again – it’s not called getting old, it’s called getting ill”
If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, it could be a sign of dementia. Research shows that the misconception around memory loss being a sign of normal ageing is the biggest barrier to people seeking a dementia diagnosis.
With diagnosis rates falling to a five-year low, those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia are encouraged to seek guidance and support from Alzheimer’s Society. Getting a diagnosis can be daunting, but 91% of people affected by dementia believe it’s better to know.
Early signs and symptoms of dementia include:
- memory loss – for example, problems recalling things that happened recently
- difficulty concentrating, planning or organising – for example, struggling to make decisions, solve problems or follow a series of steps (such as cooking a meal)
- problems with language and communication – for example, difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something
- misunderstanding what is being seen – for example, problems judging distances (such as on stairs) or perceiving the edges of objects, and misinterpreting patterns or reflections
- being confused about time or place – for example, losing track of the time or date, or becoming confused about where they are
- mood changes or difficulty controlling emotions – for example, becoming unusually anxious, irritable, sad or frightened, losing interest in things and personality changes.
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