HEALTH bosses in South Derbyshire have urged friends and family of older people to look out for the early symptoms of dementia.
The plea was made by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Sheila Newport, chairman of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said: “Many people see dementia as a normal consequence of ageing and don’t come forward for the help and support that’s available.
“Recognising the symptoms is the first step towards getting a diagnosis that can reduce the anxiety of people with dementia and their family.
“Early diagnosis allows a greater chance to benefit from treatments, access resources and information, and to plan for the future.”
Early symptoms include memory loss, difficulty in performing everyday tasks, and problems with language.
Other signs include disorientation about time and place, poor or decreased judgement, and problems with keeping track of several things.
Symptoms also include misplacing things, changes in mood or behaviour, changes in personality and loss of initiative.