A Swansea Valley care agency is offering expert advice to the public on spotting the early warning signs of dementia as part of World Alzheimer’s Month this September.

Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to more than one million by 2025 and two million by 2051.

It has been estimated that more than 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, which is one every three minutes.

There is no cure for any form of dementia, however, the NHS claims that an early diagnosis is beneficial. If diagnosed early, the patient is able to access treatments that can improve symptoms and slow down the progress of the disease.

Abercare, which has a branch in Ystragynlais, are hoping to help people recognise the early signs of dementia.

Branch Manager at Abacare, Joe Jenkins, said: “As part of our training we are able to recognise the early signs of dementia in a person and, as part of World Alzheimer’s Month, we wanted to share this expert knowledge, so people know exactly what to look out for among their family and friends.

"There are many early signs of dementia, some of which include- memory loss that upsets day-to-day living, issues solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or work, confusion about the time or place, withdrawing from social activities, new problems with writing and speech, and mood swings.

“These signs could be a one-off, but if you notice them regularly appearing during a period of time, we would advise the person seeks medical advice. It could be nothing but it’s better to be safe than sorry

“Having a diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean a person has to lose control of their life or independence.

"Many people continue to live fulfilled and happy lives for many years”

To learn more about dementia, the services available and for help and support, contact Abercare on 01639 844155.