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Caring for people with dementia

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Caring for someone with dementia

Dementia Action Week is an annual awareness campaign organised by the Alzheimer’s Society that calls on everyone to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, “There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.”

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 —Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia can be sudden or it can come on slowly over time. An early sign is increasing forgetfulness. Other symptoms include slow thinking, difficulty making plans and concentrating, and personality changes.

Stress, tiredness, certain illnesses and some medications can also cause memory problems, but if you feel that you are more and more forgetful, especially if you’re over the age of 65, you should consult your GP.

If you’re concerned for a friend or loved one, also encourage them to see their GP, and offer to go along with them if they need support.

The Alzheimer’s Society website has resources to help you get involved in the Dementia Action Week campaign. You can also speak to an advisor by calling the National Dementia Helpline at 0300 222 11 22 for information, support or advice.

Find dementia services near you at NHS, and help and support for people with dementia here.

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