As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, NHS Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging local residents to look out for the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
There are currently estimated to be over 46 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 131 million by 2050.
In order to combat this, local health chiefs are encouraging people to spot the signs of Alzheimer’s and to remember loved ones who are living with the disease. People living with Alzheimer’s can be scared, confused and lonely so it’s essential to spot the early symptoms in order to help those suffering access help and support as soon as possible.
Early symptoms to look out for:
- Forgetting about recent conversations or events, misplacing items and forgetting the names of places and objects
- Repeating themselves regularly, such as asking the same question several times
- Showing poor judgement or finding it harder to make decisions
- Becoming less flexible and more hesitant to try new things
Dr Rakesh Sharma clinical lead at the CCGs said:
“There is a stigma associated with Alzheimer’s that the early symptoms are a part of normal ageing, however this couldn’t be further from the truth – Alzheimer’s is not simply ‘old age’ and is in fact a progressive and fatal disease. This stigma is part of the reason why raising awareness is so important.
“The number of people living with Alzheimer’s is set to rapidly increase, and even though the disease mainly affects people over the age of 65 there are over 17,000 people in the UK under 65 who suffer from the disease. As a community, we need to support everyone experiencing Alzheimer’s whether that may be those suffering or their friends, family and carers.”
If anyone is experiencing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s they should visit their GP for further help and support.
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