Memory loss might be the most common symptom of dementia – but it’s not the only one. This Remember December, Dementia New Zealand invites Kiwis across the country to learn more about identifying the signs and symptoms of dementia. Let’s ensure that every Kiwi with dementia can access the free support they need to live well with dementia.

 

Common signs and symptoms of dementia:

Forgetting what you ate for breakfast last week isn’t anything to worry about – but if a loved one starts forgetting what they ate for breakfast 15 minutes ago, there may be cause for concern. Repeating a story to your spouse because you forgot you had already shared it is a normal part of any relationship – but if your husband repeats the same story ten times in a day, taking him to see your GP is in order. Forgetfulness is a normal part of life – but memory loss isn’t.  

Some of the most common symptoms of dementia include:

  • Poor short-term memory
  • Inability to carry out common tasks, such as preparing a meal
  • Personality changes
  • Struggling to follow conversations
  • Becoming depressed or withdrawn
  • Difficulty with abstract thinking
  • Poor judgement
  • Disorientation with time and place

Early diagnosis, and the corresponding support that becomes available with a diagnosis, is vital. It can slow the progression of dementia and maximises independence and wellbeing. 

 

Activities happening this Remember December:

Ensure that people with dementia within your community with dementia can get the free support they need by supporting your local affiliate this Remember December – discover what's on in your area below:

This Christmas, as part of Remember December, all the proceeds from gift wrapping at Sylvia Park and Lynn Mall will be going straight to Dementia Auckland – but first, they need groups of volunteers to do the wrapping and spread some Christmas cheer! Find out more and register
Hilda Ross Retirement Village warmly invite you to lace up your walking shoes and join them for either the 500m, 1km or 2km walk to support Dementia Waikato as part of Remember December. Family Fun with entertainment, sausage sizzle and prizes! Register here
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Dementia Canterbury will be holding their Annual Appeal as part of Remember December on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December 2018. If you can spare an hour or two for a great cause please call them on 379-2590 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise please give generously when you see their collectors out and about!