As people get older, they tend to find that memory loss starts to become a problem. It's normal for memory loss to be affected by a number of factors including: age, stress, triedness or certain illnesses and medication. This can be frustrating if it happens occasionally, but if it starts affecting your daily life or is giving you or someone you know cause for concern, then you should seek help from your GP.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its functions. Besides memory loss, other notable symptoms could include:
- increasing difficulty with tasks and activities that require concentration and planning
- changes in personality and mood
- periods of mental confusion
- difficulty in finding the right words
Dementia cannot be cured, but if its detected early enough there are ways you can slow its progress down to help maintain mental function.
Why is it important to get a diagnosis?
An early diagnosis can help people with dementia get the right level of treatment, care and support, enabling them to lead full and active lives. It also assists people close to them to plan and prepare for the future.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, building on the achievements of the existing National Dementia Strategy has set an ambitious programme to deliver improvements in dementia care and research.
If you would like any further information relating to Dementia symptoms or concerns, then please click the link below:
Would you like to get involved in Dementia Research? - Please click the link for further Information.
Dementia.pdf (this link will open in a new window - popups must be allowed)
Abbotswood Medical Centre is working towards becoming a "Dementia-friendly" practice and all of the staff will be working towards this in the next few months.