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.
Possible warning signs of dementia in older relatives:
- 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
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