850,000 people in the UK have dementia (according to the Alzheimer’s Society), with one in six aged over 80. Although there is no cure, early diagnosis can help ease the symptoms, which include behavioral changes and memory loss.
The symptoms can be divided into three main stages. It can take years to progress from mild to serious, and each person will develop them at a different rate.
The NHS state that the most common early symptoms are memory lapses including:
- Forgetting place or object names
- Forgetting recent conversations
- Regular repetition or asking the same question several times
- Poor judgement and finding it tough to make decisions
- Forgetting events or whereabouts of household items
- Becoming less flexible or resistant to trying new things
There may also be mood changes, increased anxiety or confusion.
As the disease develops from the early stage, memory deteriorates further, with names of loved ones harder to recall. Even recognising friends and family can become difficult.
For more details, go to alzheimers.org.uk
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