Many of us notice that our memory gets worse as we get older, but it can be difficult to tell whether this is a sign of an underlying condition like dementia.

Talking about dementia can be frightening, but seeking help early offers the best chance of getting the right support, advice and treatment.

 

  1. Visit your GP and discuss your concerns: they will talk to you about your concerns and possibly arrange for further investigation or a memory clinic referral. If you’re worried about the memory of someone close to you, encourage them to visit their GP by gently asking if they’re feeling any different from usual or are struggling with anything.
     
  2. Seek support from friends and family: don’t bottle it up, make sure you talk through your concerns with someone you trust so you feel supported. If you’re worried about someone close to you, offer them support – you might even want to suggest making their GP appointment and accompanying them if appropriate.
     
  3. Contact Alzheimer’s Society. We offer support, advice and information to all those who need our help. This includes our National Dementia Helpline (0300 222 1122) which offers information, advice and support and Talking Point (forum.alzheimers.org.uk) our online community support forum.
     
  4. If you or a loved one have received a dementia diagnosis, our face to face Dementia Advisers offer post diagnosis support to help people with dementia have better access to health, community, housing and care services. Find out more at alzheimers.org.uk