Are memory problems affecting your everyday life?
We all forget things but if it starts to be a problem and interfere with our ability to do every day activities then we shouldn’t ignore them. Forgetting important dates or events, or asking for the same information over and over again are signs to look out for and speak to the GP about. The GP can offer information and advice about a range of support options available and help people continue to lead a full and active life.
Around 15,000 people in Surrey aged over 65 have dementia – that’s one in thirteen older people. This is expected to increase by 25% by 2020 in Surrey alone.
Dementia is the term used for a group of symptoms including loss of memory, mood changes and confusion, caused by diseases of the brain. It is not always easy to tell if someone has dementia as it affects everyone differently and while Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, it is not the only type of dementia.
Most people with dementia are over 65 but younger people are also affected.
Having dementia can mean that people avoid you just when you need your family and friends most. If you know someone with dementia the best thing to do is stay in touch. It’s often the little things that count; popping in for a cup of tea, offering to cut the grass or running an errand could make a big difference to the person with dementia and their carer too!
While dementia can’t be cured, an early diagnosis can mean that the right support and treatments are put in place. Many people continue to work, socialise, take part in hobbies and enjoy loving relationships. As the dementia progresses they may need more help doing everyday things but with the right support they can continue to live a full and active life for as long as possible.
Find local information, advice and support at www.dementiafriendlysurrey.org.uk, sign up to become a Dementia Friendly Surrey champion and discover how you can make your community a better place to live for people with dementia, their families and carers.