Friends and family of older people in Northamptonshire are being urged to look out for the early symptoms of dementia so they can benefit from the support that`s available.
Health bosses at the county`s Nene Clinical Commissioning Group are making the plea today which is World Alzheimer`s Day.
Dr Tom Howseman, Clinical Lead for Learning Disability & Dementia Services for Nene & Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups told Connect FM:
“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.
“We strongly believe that life doesn t end when dementia begins, so supporting people to live well with dementia is a key priority. Early diagnosis allows a greater chance to benefit from treatments, access resources and information, and to plan for the future.”
Anyone worried about their memory or think they may have dementia is urged to contact their GP Practice as soon as possible. There are treatments and support available and the earlier dementia is diagnosed, the better people can be supported to maintain their independence.
People who have concerns about Alzheimer s disease or about any other form of dementia, can call the local Dementia Care Advice Service on 01933 677907 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.00pm), or the Alzheimer s Society National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 1122 for information, support, guidance and signposting to other appropriate organisations.