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) to mark World Alzheimer’s Day, which takes place tomorrow.
It comes after the Mail revealed that dementia was one of the key health issues in the area that needed to be improved.
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 things.
Symptoms also include misplacing things, changes in mood or behaviour, changes in personality and loss of initiative.
Marc Wortmann, executive director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, said: “Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to grow at a rapid rate due to global ageing. The disease has a huge impact on the families that are hit, but it also affects health and social systems because of the economic cost.”
On Wednesday, October 2, Derbyshire County Council and the CCG will host a consultation event to get people’s views on dementia services and give them a chance to shape the future of dementia care in South Derbyshire.
The event runs from 11am until 2pm at Oakland Village, in Hall Farm Road, Swadlincote.
Anyone wanting more information or to book a place can call 01629 532058 or email Susannah.firstname.lastname@example.org