Today marks the beginning of Dementia Awareness Week that is being organised by the Alzheimer’s Society in the U.K.
A free supplement appeared with last Sunday’s Telegraph newspaper that gave all kinds of information about Dementia. On page 5 was a list of nine symptoms of Dementia and it was suggested that the reader should seek help if he or she:
Struggles to remember recent events, although you can easily recall things that happened in the past
Finds it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV
Forgets the names of friends or everyday objects
Cannot recall things he or she has heard, seen or read
Finds it difficult to make decisions
Notices that they repeats themselves or loses the thread of what they are saying
Has problems thinking and reasoning
Feels anxious, depressed or angry about their forgetfulness
Finds that other people comment on their forgetfulness.
People suffering from Pernicious Anaemia but were not diagnosed early will identify with most, if not all, of the above. It is obviously very easy for doctors to listen to a patient who has B12 Deficiency recite all or most of the above and to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. It megs the question as to how many patients are being treated for Dementia when they are suffering from lack of Vitamin B12. I suspect that this is the case with many patients who might have been wrongly diagnosis as suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Anyway – good luck to the Alzheimer’s Society with their Awareness Week.