Diagnosis key to fighting dementia rise

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THE number of people suffering from dementia in Hertfordshire is set to rise by 37 per cent over the next 10 years according to the latest research.

A survey carried out by the Alzheimer’s Society estimates that while there were 6,418 people with dementia living in Hertfordshire in 2010, by 2021 this number will have reached 8,775.

Home Instead Senior Care Hemel Hempstead and Chilterns specialises in the care of older people in their own homes, including those affected by dementia.

Manager Bernie Bridges is particularly keen to promote early diagnosis and delaying its onset.

She said: “Time and time again, we speak to people who are struggling and don’t know which way to turn.

“Often our clients feel too proud to admit they are not coping or have decided that their forgetfulness is ‘just part of getting older’.

“Partners too can be put under an awful lot of strain and some feel extremely guilty about asking for help, however spotting the early warning signs can be hugely important.

“As we visit so many older people in the area, we ensure all of our care givers are perfectly equipped to help dementia sufferers in every way they can.

“Early warning signs include a decline in memory such as forgetting names of friends or familiar objects, a decline in reasoning and communication skills, feeling angry or upset about being forgetful and the gradual loss of skills needed to carry out daily activities.

““We recommend that anyone who suspects that they or a loved one may be showing any of these signs should speak to a GP as soon as possible.”

To find out more about the services provided by Home Instead for those suffering from dementia, call 01442 233599 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/hemelhempstead