According to research and statistics, almost 400,000 individuals in England may not be receiving the proper help they need because they have not yet been officially diagnosed.
At the moment there are a huge number of people who overlook what could be the early signs of dementia. Memory loss can often be put down to old age and ‘senior moments’ when actually it is an indicator of something more serious. It is at this early stage that treatment could be most effective and this is why the government is hoping that the new £1.2 million advertising campaign (which is being piloted in the north-west and Yorkshire and Humber) will reach many of these people.
Mr Burstow reinforced the campaigns important message by stressing that if you are worried you are showing symptoms then you should seek help as soon as possible.
‘Being diagnosed with dementia won’t make the condition worse, but leaving it untreated will.’ he said.
If either yourself or a loved one have been diagnosed with dementia and you are struggling to come to terms or cope with the effects of the condition then you may find it helpful to talk to a counsellor. For further information about dementia counselling please visit our fact-sheet, or to contact a counsellor to discuss the matter directly, please use the search tool located on the homepage of this site.