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Be alert to early signs and symptoms of dementia
14 November 2011

 

In London alone, it is estimated that over 67,000 people are currently living with dementia, with 61 per cent of those without a formal diagnosis. The total number of people in the region living with dementia is expected to reach over 81,000 by 2021.

In a new survey carried out for the Department of Health, worryingly, just over a third of people over the age of 40 in London understand the differences between the symptoms of dementia and signs of ageing.

The Government has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the signs of dementia and importance of early diagnosis. For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/dementia

Did you know?

25 million people in the UK know a family member, close friend or someone with dementia.

Dementia is a progressive and eventually terminal condition. Whilst there is no cure, treatment and support can help slow progression, meaning people are able to keep their loved ones for longer and help them maintain their independence. In fact, many people with dementia live well and can take part in normal day-to-day activities. If you are worried about a family member or friend, discuss your concerns with them and encourage them to visit their GP.

If you are worried about a family member of friend that is showing early signs and symptoms of dementia, please don’t ignore it. Here are some tips on how to have that difficult conversation with a loved one: www.nhs.uk/dementia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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