Dementia awareness week 17th - 23rd May.

Home Instead Southport and Crosby are taking part in Dementia awareness week which this year is from the 17th – 23rd May. The Alzheimer’s society states that there will over 850,000 people affected with dementia within the UK in 2015. In addition this number is set to rise by over 1 million in the next 10 years. There are several forms of dementia, however all share a trend of common, high risk behavioural disorders, in other words – someone behaving out of their usual character.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia so here are some warning signs to look out for:

Memory loss: this is one of the most common signs, it usually occurs more frequently with recently learned information.

Planning and problem solving: changes in cognition being able to follow a step by step plan or difficulty working with numbers.

Trouble in completing familiar tasks: this can include driving to a familiar destination or trying to remember rules of a well-known game.

Confusing with time or place: difficulty comprehending the passage of time, dates and the seasons.

Difficulty with visual images: Having vision problems could be a sign of Alzheimer’s, for example they may not recognise who the person is in a mirror.

Issues with words in speaking or writing: the person may have a hard time following or joining in on a conversation.

Trouble retracing steps and misplacing items: Placing items in unusual places or if something is missing they may accuse someone else of stealing it.

Decreased/ poor judgement: the person may experience difficulty with decision making and changes in their judgement skills.

Changes in mood and personality: mood could vary from depressed to happy, from fearful to anxious. They could also become upset easily and may experience aspects of their personality change.

If you would like to speak to someone at Home Instead, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We also welcome any suggestions for future topics from you all. All you have to do is write to me at [email protected] or call on 01704 547938.

If you are interested in taking part in our Dementia workshops please contact us on the number above. We train anyone from the fire department to a family member and would be pleased to help you.