World Alzheimer's Month

World Alzheimer's Month is a globally recognised day to raise awareness around educating, encouraging support of people with dementia.

This year the theme for World Alzheimer's Month is 'Know dementia, know Alzheimer's’.

Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with dementia worldwide. To tackle this challenge we all need to work together and share best practice with one another.

Symptoms of dementia

The different types of dementia tends to affect people differently, especially in the early stages.

A person with dementia will have cognitive symptoms such as thinking or memory but they will often have problems with examples:

  • Day-to-day memory – Can't seem to recalling events that happened recently,

  • Concentrating, planning or organising – They have difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a normal tasks like cooking.

  • Language – Difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something,

  • Visuospatial skills – Problems judging distances and seeing objects in three dimensions,

  • Orientation – Losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are.

  • Mood swings - They may become frustrated or irritable, apathetic or withdrawn, anxious, easily upset or unusually sad.

For more details on symptoms and the next steps visit:

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