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Living well with dementia

Pages in Living well with dementia

  1. Worried someone close to you is losing their memory?
  2. Understanding dementia
  1. Advice and support

Worried someone close to you is losing their memory?

What signs should I look for?

Dementia is a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. These symptoms include:

  • Memory loss- particularly recent events.
  • Problems thinking or reasoning- finding it hard to follow conversations or feeling confused in familiar environments.
  • Emotions- feeling anxious, depressed or angry.

What should I do?

If you have concerns about your own memory, or that of a loved one, you should contact your GP, who will be able to complete a memory test and decide what to do next.

It is especially important to seek help if you:

  • struggle to remember recent events, although you can easily recall things that happened in the past;
  • find it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV;
  • forget the names of friends or everyday objects;
  • cannot recall things you have heard, seen or read;
  • find it difficult to make decisions;
  • notice that you repeat yourself or lose the thread of what you are saying;
  • have problems thinking and reasoning;
  • feel anxious, depressed or angry about your forgetfulness; and/or
  • find that other people start to comment on your forgetfulness.

There are many factors that can cause memory problems, for instance: tiredness, stress, overwork, anxiety, depression, some physical illnesses and / or the side-effects of certain medications. And, of course, some of us have always been more absent minded. However, sometimes forgetfulness can be more than just a natural part of the ageing process, sometimes it can be an early sign of dementia. If memory problems are having an impact on your daily life or of someone you know please contact your GP to discuss.

It can be scary to make the first step, but in cases where someone does have dementia, a timely diagnosis can be very important in ensuring they are able to maintain the quality of life that they had previously enjoyed and have access to appropriate support and services. Although dementia is incurable, timely diagnosis can allow access to medications that can be used to effectively slow down the progression of the illness.

If in doubt, see your doctor.

 

Adult Social Care Direct

Email: ascdirect@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7683 3003

2nd Floor
Broadgate House
Broadgate
Coventry
CV1 1FS

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