People in Hampshire are being urged to seek help if they are worried about memory loss so they can receive support to live well with dementia.
Dementia Awareness Week starts on Sunday 14 May and local doctors believe there are around 3,500 people living with dementia who have not been diagnosed and have no support.
Doctors from West Hampshire CCG say people – and their relatives and carers – would benefit from support if they were diagnosed with dementia.
Dr Katrina Webster, West Hampshire CCG’s clinical lead for dementia, said:
“It is not always easy to spot the signs of dementia yourself but if you or people around you are concerned, then an appointment with your GP will be helpful.
“Becoming forgetful does not necessarily mean that you have dementia, but for those who are diagnosed, there is a huge amount of support available to help you and your family.
There is lots of information to help people who are diagnosed with dementia, which includes the West Hampshire Dementia Roadmap.
This includes local information about services and support groups to help healthcare professionals, families and carers.
There is also the Hampshire Dementia Advisor Service, provided by The Alzheimer’s Society and Andover Mind at www.hants.gov.uk/dementia-advisor-service.
The service is available to anyone with a diagnosis of dementia and also people with a suspected dementia to help support them through the diagnostic process.
It focuses on wellbeing rather than illness and supports people to think about how they can come to terms with and live well with dementia.
Dr Katrina Webster added,
“Thousands of people are living with dementia in the UK and enjoy a good quality of life. If dementia is diagnosed early there is a lot of support available to help people with adjustments, manage their lives and live well with dementia”
More information can be found on the West Hampshire CCG website here: https://www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk/dementia-information