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Recent research indicates that over 944,000 individuals in the UK are living with dementia, and one in 11 people over the age of 65 is affected by this condition. The prevalence is expected to rise significantly in the future due to increased life expectancy.

Dementia is not a specific disease but rather a broad term encompassing the loss of memory, language, problem-solving, and other cognitive functions that interfere with daily life. The symptoms typically worsen over time and may not be immediately evident in the early stages.

To assist individuals in recognizing potential symptoms of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society has provided a checklist. This tool encourages individuals to assess the duration and impact of symptoms on their daily lives. While it does not provide a diagnosis, it serves as a helpful resource for discussing concerns with a GP.

Identifying early signs of dementia is crucial for timely and accurate diagnosis, facilitating appropriate treatment and care. The checklist includes symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty finding the right words, impaired judgment, repetitive behaviors, and changes in mood or behavior.

The Alzheimer’s Society emphasizes that the information collected through the checklist is not stored by the charity or any third party. Completing the questionnaire generates a document for individuals to download or receive via email. The hope is that this information will empower individuals to seek support and engage in informed discussions with their healthcare providers about potential symptoms of dementia.”

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