West London CCG backs Dementia Awareness Week

In support of Dementia Awareness Week, West London CCG is reminding all residents to seek help from their GP immediately if they are concerned about a friend, relative or partner.

Dementia can be caused by a variety of factors, from strokes to heavy drinking, but the most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease, which is caused by changes to the chemistry and structure of the brain, leading to the death of brain cells. 800,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for 520,000 of all cases.  

What are the signs and symptoms of dementia?

The early signs of dementia are regular incidents of short-term memory loss. In practice, this might include:

- Losing things (e.g. keys) around the house

- Finding it hard to recall words, dates, names, and recent events

- Getting lost in a place the person knows well

They might also experience wider difficulties with thinking and problem-solving. In practice, this might include:

- Finding it hard to follow a conversation, or repeating oneself

- Finding it hard to judge distance (visuospatial skills) e.g. struggling with stairs

- Finding it extremely hard to make decisions, plan or organise

- Losing track of time or forgetting what day it is

What help is available to me?  

If you recognise these symptoms in yourself or someone you know, we strongly advise you to make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.

Although, sadly, there is currently no cure for dementia, getting an early diagnosis can make a significant difference to the way the condition can be treated and the extent to which its symptoms can be managed.

You can also find out more about the condition, and about Dementia Awareness Week, by visiting the Alzheimer’s Society website

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