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Get early help for memory problems

24th August 2010

The Alzheimer's Society has said people who experience problems with memory should seek help as soon as possible.

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The charity is in the process of sending out leaflets and posters to doctors' surgeries across the country in order to raise awareness of the issue.

Problems with memory can signal dementia, but only one third of people with the condition are diagnosed.

Ruth Sutherland, acting chief executive of Alzheimer's Society, said: "Memory loss can be a symptom of dementia, along with confusion and mood changes. The sooner people seek help, the sooner they can start living their lives to the full."

The charity said that the condition would have different effects on different people. It has been predicted that by 2025 there will be one million people with dementia and 1.7 million people with the condition by 2051.

It said memory issues included trouble recalling what happened recently, difficulty keeping up with television programmes or conversations, and problems with names and places.

Care Services minister Paul Burstow said: "There are 750,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it is one of the most significant health challenges facing society."

"Many people wait a long time before reporting symptoms of dementia to their doctor, and too often people don't receive a formal diagnosis. Without a diagnosis, people cannot receive appropriate support and information," he added.

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