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Suffolk: Surge in dementia concern after Christmas as relatives spend more time together

12:05 13 January 2014

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The Alzheimer’s Society is urging people in Suffolk with concerns about their own, or someone else’s memory to visit their GP as soon as possible, as calls to its National Dementia Helpline surged by a third after Christmas.

Many of these calls came from worried people who may have seen relatives or friends for the first time in months and noticed changes in behaviour.

Currently only 48% of people living with dementia have a diagnosis. In a bid to raise public awareness of the condition and encourage more people to seek help, Alzheimer’s Society is sending information leaflets to 9,000 GPs in the UK.

The leaflets will be sent to 75 GP surgeries in Suffolk.

Paul Dunnery, regional operations manager for East of England, said: “There is often a misunderstanding about dementia and its symptoms, and people may delay seeking help when they are concerned about their memory problems.

“Spotting the signs of dementia as soon as they start, and getting a diagnosis is vital. It allows people to access support and specialist services that they desperately need.

“If you noticed changes in a family member or friend this Christmas, are worried about your own memory or think someone might have dementia it’s important to know that there is help and support available. I would urge people to visit their GP and seek advice as soon as they can.”

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