Dementia going undiagnosed

Dementia going undiagnosed

  • On February 27, 2012

The country is facing a dementia time-bomb with many cases going undiagnosed.

Alzheimer’s charities are saying that many people living with dementia don’t have a diagnosis and so aren’t receiving the support, benefits and the medical treatments that are often available.

Although everyone is a little bit forgetful now and again, but when memory loss starts to interfere with your daily life it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible.  The sooner people are diagnosed, the sooner they can get support and start planning for the future.

Studies have shown that an early diagnosis can save the thousands of pounds, because it can delay the need for sufferers to receive care outside of their own home.

The Alzheimer’s Society recommends that anyone concerned about memory problems should speak to their GP.  Symptoms include struggling to remember recent events, despite being able to recall things that happened in the past, and finding it difficult to follow conversations or programmes on TV.  Other warning signs include regularly forgeting the names of friends or everyday objects, being unable to recall things you’ve heard, seen or read, having difficulty in making decisions, repeating conversations or losing the thread in speech, and having problems thinking and reasoning.

Feeling anxious, depressed or angry about your forgetfulness or finding that other people are commenting on your forgetfulness are other signs.

People who are worried about their memory or that of someone they know can also contact Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0845 300 0336.

The correct incontinence products can help the many people who experience continence issues alongside their Alzheimers, for example pull-up pants reduce the risk of the pad being removed by the wearer. For more hints and tips for those Caring for someone with incontinence our Carer’s leaflet can be downloaded from our website.