Worried about your memory?
DownloadWorried about your memory? (pdf) Your memory may be nothing to worry about, but this booklet will help you decide if you should visit your doctor.
Facing dementia (pdf) A booklet for those worried about dementia or who have been diagnosed. It provides reassurance and suggests practical steps to improve or maintain dignity and quality of life.
Everybody can be forgetful. But if memory loss is worrying you or someone you know, donít keep it to yourself.
The confidential 24hr Dementia Helpline 0808 808 3000 provides information, signposting and emotional support.
Many people think memory problems are just a sign of old age and not a medical condition that could benefit from drug treatment, advice and support. Or that their problems arenít important enough to Ďbother the doctorí about. But if the problem is affecting your life, then you, your family and your doctor should take it seriously. It may not be anything to worry about.
See your family doctor (GP) if you have noticed a change, gradual or sudden, from what is normal for you, or if your symptoms are causing you problems in your life.
Some possible causes of forgetfulness and confusion:
- stress, for example, after a bereavement
- an infection, for example a chest or a bladder infection
- other illnesses such as vitamin deficiency or thyroid disorder
- the side effects of drugs
- long-term overuse of alcohol or some tranquillisers
- the menopause
- the normal ageing process (which causes mild forgetfulness or difficulty finding words)
It is important that if you have dementia you are diagnosed as early as possible. This means that you have the best opportunity to:
- benefit from any appropriate treatments
- understand what the future holds for you
- talk about your diagnosis and your feelings with friends and family
- get information, for example about welfare benefits and support available
- get support such as counselling or join a support group
- choose someone to handle your financial affairs or take welfare and health care decisions for you if you canít in the future (powers of attorney) Ė call the Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000 to get a booklet about this, or see a solicitor
- make other decisions for the future such as making an advance directive or living will about what treatments you would or would not want
- get other affairs in order (for example, write your will).
If you are worried and you would like to speak to someone contact the 24hr Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.
Getting help from your doctor
If you are worried you might have dementia or if your doctor has told you that you have dementia then our booklet Getting help from your doctor will help you to find out how doctors and other health workers can help you. There is also a section for relatives or carers of people with dementia.
DownloadWorried about your memory? (pdf) Sometimes people are afraid that forgetfulness is the start of something else, like dementia. This can worry older people especially. People who have had a relative with dementia may also be particularly anxious about memory problems. Your memory may be nothing to worry about, but this booklet will help you decide if you should visit your doctor.
Facing dementia (pdf) A booklet for those worried about dementia or who have been diagnosed. It provides reassurance and suggests practical steps to improve or maintain dignity and the quality of life.
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