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Dementia Action Week 2022: the importance of diagnosis

13 May 2022

If you or someone you are close to is experiencing potential symptoms of dementia, you are encouraged to act on it and seek guidance this Dementia Action Week (16 to 22 May).

Dementia Action Week is the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual awareness campaign. This year’s theme is ‘diagnosis’. With diagnosis rates falling to a five-year low, the Alzheimer’s Society want to encourage those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to seek guidance and support. Common dementia symptoms include memory loss, confusion, personality changes, and changes in behaviour.

One of the biggest barriers to seeking a dementia diagnosis is a misconception around memory loss being a sign of normal ageing. However, memory loss could in fact be a sign of something more serious and although getting a diagnosis can be daunting, research from the Alzheimer’s Society shows that 91% of people affected by dementia believe it is better to know.

There is plenty of information on the Alzheimer’s Society’s website about the symptoms and diagnosis of dementia.

If you would like to speak to someone, you can contact the Dementia Connect Support line number on 0333 1503456 or email any questions to the Richmond Alzheimer’s Society on richmondservices@alzheimers.org.uk.

A reminder that Age UK Richmond is hosting a Dementia Information Day on Saturday 21 May.

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Updated: 17 May 2022

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