This week is Dementia Action Week, an initiative from Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness and to encourage people to ‘act on dementia’.
The campaign, this year, focuses on diagnosis. Let’s face it, we all forget things from time to time but if it is becoming increasingly regular and starting to affect yours or a loved one’s life, it could be a sign that you need to seek help.
The importance of diagnosing dementia
According to Alzheimer’s Society, diagnosis rates over the past 5 years have been falling, with an additional 8.7% decline between 2020 and 2021.
The charity clarifies that an increase in the rates of early diagnosis would provide a clearer picture as to how many people in the country have the condition. This can increase the chances of successful trials by helping more people get involved earlier in their condition. Early diagnosis also improves the chances of managing their symptoms and developing a plan for the future.
Help & support
The Alzheimer’s Society’s website holds a wealth of information and resources, whether you have concerns, are coming to terms with a diagnosis, or are caring for a loved one.
They also have a support line, where you can speak to a dementia advisor on 0333 150 3456 and an online community hub, where you can connect to people who understand what you are going through and share experiences.
And of course, if you have any concerns, please speak to your GP.