Residents are being urged by Alzheimer’s Society staff to visit their GP if they are worried about memory problems, as calls to its helpline have surged by a third after Christmas.
The charity has sent out Worried about your memory? information leaflets to GP surgeries in Alnwick, Wooler and Choppington to help raise public awareness and ensure the right support is available.
Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
The Society’s interim operations manager for North of Tyne, Danielle Hayes, said: “Spotting the signs of dementia as soon as they start, and getting a diagnosis, is vital.
“It allows people to access support and specialist services that they need.”
The Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline number is 0300 2221122.