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What are the warning signs of dementia?
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Raising awareness for World Alzheimer's Month...

Summer is officially over and the academic year has kicked off, so it must mean one thing… September is upon us.

It also means that World Alzheimer’s Month 2017 has officially started, an important and essential period of raising awareness around Alzheimer’s and dementia-related issues.

To mark the occasion, we will be sharing some expert insight and tips around Alzheimer’s, dementia and how our vision is closely related to this.

But first and foremost, it is important to recognise just what dementia is and how it affects people every day across the world.

One of the most common misconceptions around dementia is that it is simply a normal part of getting older – this could not be further from the truth.

Dementia is the term given to describe different brain disorders which affects a person’s memory, thinking, behaviour or emotions.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, with over 800,000 people affected by it in the UK alone.

In fact, across the world there is a new case of dementia identified every three seconds.

When coupled with sight loss or visual impairment, the world around you can quickly become an incredibly isolating and frustrating place to interact with.

For many it means even the most basic of tasks can become a massive challenge to undertake without the right care and assistance.

While there is no current cure for dementia, it is of vital importance that we continue to raise awareness and support people with the disease as well as those who care for them.

This World Alzheimer’s Day is focused on early detection and diagnosis of dementia by recognising the early warning signs sooner.

Staying alert to early warning signs is vital to help identify dementia sooner and ensure that person can get the care they need as soon as possible.

According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, here are 10 warning signs of dementia that can help identify the disease earlier…

Memory Loss

Difficulty performing familiar tasks

Problems with language

Disorientation to time and place

Poor or decreased judgement

Problems keeping track of things

Misplacing things

Changes in mood and behaviour

Trouble with images and spatial relationships

Withdrawal from work or social activities

Earlier diagnosis of dementia is essential for the person affected as it means they will have a better quality of life with access to the support they need.

It can also go a long way to help change the perception of dementia, highlighting how the right support, respect and access to services can allow a person to live a better life with the disease.

Every day our team at Visioncall will help assist someone currently living with dementia to give them the eye care they are entitled to.

We share the belief that with more awareness around dementia, we can improve more lives every day.

To find out more about our commitment to dementia eyecare click here



 
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