As we get older, we sometimes notice that our memory is not what it used to be. Our memory can be affected by age, stress, tiredness, or certain illnesses and medications.
It can be worrying if you or someone you know notices that you are becoming more forgetful or confused. It's important to understand that if your memory seems to be getting worse, it does not necessarily mean that you are developing the first signs of dementia. If you have concerns about your memory, you should talk to your GP.
Dementia refers to a number of different conditions affecting the brain. Usually it develops in our older years, and can cause a variety of symptoms including memory loss, confusion, and increased problems in looking after ourselves.
In this section you can find out what to do if you are worried about your memory, and learn about the main different forms of dementia. There is information about how to get a diagnosis, and about the variety of treatments which are available.
Developing memory problems, or finding out that you are developing dementia, can be a frightening thing. However, it does not mean that your life is at an end, and that you will have to give up your independence.
A new dementia strategy for Essex
Nearly 20,000 people are estimated to be living with dementia in Essex, and this is set to increase to over 25,000 in the next ten years. Alongside this are those who are caring for a loved one with dementia, often over 50 hours a week. This is a challenge that local authorities and the NHS across Greater Essex are determined to tackle together.
Plans to transform dementia care across Greater Essex have taken a major step forward with the launch of a new joined-up countywide dementia strategy.
Access the press release, 'Let's Talk Dementia.'
Access the Healthwatch Essex Dementia Handbook for Carers