Diagnosis of dementia is key to unlocking support
Doctors in west Kent are appealing to the friends and families of older people to be dementia aware so they can help their loved ones get an early diagnosis.
As the population ages, dementia is becoming more common. It is estimated that 1,554 people in Ashford have the condition. The latest data, from March 2015, show 819 have been diagnosed.
NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with other NHS organisations in Kent and Kent County Council to produce a magazine, Dementia Focus, to help people with dementia and their family carers find out about care and support available locally.
Look out for a copy at your GP surgery, pharmacist, and some retail outlets, including supermarkets or see below.
The CCG is also encouraging families and close friends of people showing early signs, such as memory loss, confusion, repetition and difficulty with everyday tasks such as handling money, to urge their loved one to see their GP.
Frequently asked questions:
Dementia is a condition of the brain which causes a gradual loss of mental ability, including problems with memory, understanding, judgement, thinking and language. It can also lead to changes in personality and the way a person interacts with others in social situations. As dementia progresses, it may affect a person's ability to look after themselves. We have tired to answer the questions that people frequently ask about Dementia.