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Turkey blunder 'a potential dementia sign' 23 Dec 2017 08:03 #5407

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Forgetting to turn on the oven for the Christmas turkey could be a sign of early dementia in a loved one, says the NHS's top dementia expert.

Prof Alistair Burns said becoming confused in a strange house and forgetting relatives' names may also be early signs of the disease.

He said it was important to look for changes in normal behaviour in older family members.
There is usually a rise in calls to the Alzheimer's Society in January.
The charity said this was because many people had seen relatives at Christmas gatherings and wanted advice on how to broach the subject.
Prof Burns, NHS England's national clinical director for dementia and older people's mental health, has drawn up a list of dementia signs:

disorientation or confusion when in a new place or new environment
forgetting the names of loved ones to the extent that it causes embarrassment
forgetting to buy someone's present
forgetting to cook things for a big Christmas dinner, forgetting to switch the oven on or cooking things in the wrong order
'Slip by unnoticed'

Around 850,000 people have dementia in the UK, and it mainly affects people over 65 - although it can develop earlier.

It is estimated that one in three of us will care for someone with dementia at some point in our lives.

Prof Burns said: "Dementia is something that happens slowly so it may slip by unnoticed in people we see regularly.

"That's why the Christmas visit to wider family and friends is an opportunity to spot the early warning signs."

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