Between the children opening presents, mince pies and TV specials, we should also be watching out for signs of depression and dementia in loved ones this Christmas, the NHS has advised.

Throughout the year you may not have noticed the small changes in your older family members and friends – it’s easy for them to go under the radar.

“Problems that may have been hidden during the year can come to the surface when families and friends get together over the festive season” – NHS England expert Professor Alistair Burns.

We understand that Christmas can be a difficult time and it needs to be just as special as the last. Take a look at out our brief guide to noticing if a friend or loved one may be suffering from dementia and depression.

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Problems with language
  • Disorientation to time and place
  • Poor or decreased judgement
  • Problems keeping track of things
  • Misplacing things
  • Changes in mood and behaviour
  • Trouble with images and spatial relationships
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities.

Changes in a loved one can be hard to notice, especially if you see them every day or so. Asking for extra help can make a significant difference for your loved one and you – it’s important to recognise if you’ve been feeling worn out and overworked as this is a good indication you may need more help as well.

Caring Hands provide person-centred home care tailored to the needs and wishes of the individual. We work with you to provide a care plan to suit your circumstances. Our team are just one call away – 01772 747 386.