A DEMENTIA charity is urging Knutsfordians worried about memory problems to visit their GP.

The Alzheimer’s Society has started the New Year by sending out ‘Worried about your memory?’ information leaflets to GP surgeries in Knutsford to help raise public awareness and ensure the right support is available.

The campaign is in response to the surge of calls to the charity’s helpline over Christmas.

Hazel Bayley, regional operations manager for Alzheimer’s Society in the North West, said: “Many of the calls to the National Dementia Helpline have come from worried relatives, who may have seen relatives or friends for the first time in months and noticed changes in behaviour.

“There is often a misunderstanding about dementia and its symptoms, and people may delay seeking help when they are concerned about their memory problems. Spotting signs of dementia as soon as they start and getting diagnosis is vital. It allows people to access support and specialist services that they desperately need. It also means they can start to plan for their future and that of their family.

“I would urge anyone who has noticed changes in a family member or friend this Christmas or their own memory to visit their GP and seek advice as soon as they can.”

Anyone seeking advice can call the Alzheimer's Society's Helpline on 0300 222 1122.