World Alzheimer’s Month: how well do you know dementia?

The number of people being diagnosed with dementia is increasing every year, with around 900,000 currently having a diagnosis.

According to Alzheimer’s Society, this is expected to rise to over one million people by 2025.

So, getting a thorough understanding of what dementia is and the support you need is vital.

During World Alzheimer’s Month, which is in September, Alzheimer’s Society is focusing on the theme ‘Know dementia, know Alzheimer’s’ with a spotlight on getting support following a diagnosis.

How do you get a diagnosis?

It can be easy to mistake the warning signs of dementia for just a side effect of getting older, which can make getting a diagnosis difficult.

So, the first step is to be able to recognise the symptoms of dementia.

Whilst there are different types of dementia, some of the early signs usually include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, confusion, mood changes, and finding completing daily tasks challenging, according to the NHS.

Deciding to seek a diagnosis can be daunting, but as symptoms get worse over time, it is vital to do so as quickly as possible.

If you think that you or one of your loved ones may have dementia, speak to your GP straight away.

What support can you get?

Receiving a diagnosis can be emotional, whether it is for yourself or someone you care for.

Discussing how you feel and getting the right emotional support from people who understand what you are going through can be a huge help.

One option is to join a support group for either carers or for individuals that have been diagnosed, which can help you to adjust.

As there is currently no cure for dementia, getting the right care and support is essential.

For the individual that has received the diagnosis, this includes having people on hand that are capable of coping with complex needs.

If you are a family member or friend of someone who has been diagnosed, having this support will also take the pressure off you.

Do you need support for yourself or a loved one? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

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