If someone you know is showing signs of dementia, it’s important to get them help as soon as possible. But advising someone to visit a GP can be difficult, which is why we’ve put together this guide to offer some helpful advice.
Dementia is a group of symptoms that can affect memory and behaviour. There are four main types of dementia with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. Unfortunately, dementia is progressive which means that symptoms can first appear mild but then worsen over time. Recent studies have shown that there are more than 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. In fact, 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have the condition.
Dementia affects everyone differently but there are a number of common early symptoms which you can look out for. The earlier you spot the signs of dementia, the quicker you can ensure the person gets the support or specialist care they need.
The common early signs of dementia include:
If you think someone you know has dementia, it’s important to try and talk to them about it. Whilst it can be upsetting to begin these conversations, it can ultimately help them to get support. By talking to them about their symptoms, you’ll get a better understanding of how it may be affecting their everyday life.
There isn’t necessarily a ‘correct’ way to talk to someone about the symptoms you’ve noticed as each individual will be different. However, there are a few tips you can use to help make the conversation as gentle and reassuring as possible.