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Dementia advice offered to local residents

Created on 20/08/2020 @ 07:11
Carers in Newtown are offering local residents tips to spot the early signs of dementia in family and friends as part of as part of World Alzheimer’s Month next month.
Carers at Abacare, based in Newtown, have undergone extensive dementia training and can recognise the symptoms of the condition and are sharing their knowledge with the general public to help raise awareness.
Neil Griffiths, Regional Manager, said: “There are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. This is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040. More than 209,600 people will develop dementia this year.
“Despite Coronavirus dominating everyone’s lives at the moment, it’s important to remember that other conditions, such as dementia, can still develop and its crucial that people stay vigilant and continue looking out for the early signs in their loved-ones.
“As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, we wanted to share our expertise, so people know what they should be looking out for. If anyone out there notices any of the below issues or changes in their loved-one over a period of time, they should seek medical advice:
Memory loss – some memory loss in our old age is normal, but if it starts to upset day-to-day living, this could be an early warning sign of dementia

Difficulty completing tasks that they have had no problems with previously – this can be at home or at work

Confusion about the time or where they are

Difficulty speaking or writing when otherwise they would normally not have any trouble

Putting down objects and forgetting where they have been placed

Withdrawing from work or social activities

Mood swings or changes in personality

“As we have an ageing population, it’s so important to empower people with knowledge of conditions such as dementia. It’s also important to have them diagnosed early, so we hope our advice helps anyone out there who might already be noticing some of these signs, get help for themselves or a loved-one.
“Having a diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean a person has to lose control of their life or independence. Many people continue to live fulfilled and happy lives for many years. We’re able to provide dementia care services and support and anyone interested or needing advice, should get in touch with us via our website at”
World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
The campaign was launched in 2012. September 2020 will mark the ninth World Alzheimer's Month.
Two out of three people, globally, believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries.