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Reluctance to seek help about dementia

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MORE than 40 per cent of people affected by dementia have kept concerns about the condition bottled up, according to a poll carried out by Alzheimer’s Society. 

The poll – which was released to mark Dementia Awareness Week (May 18 to 24) – also found that over half of respondents (54 per cent) had waited for six months or more after first noticing symptoms of dementia in themselves or someone close to them before seeking professional help. Of the 1043 people surveyed, three quarters (73 per cent) felt that dementia is a difficult subject to talk about. The charity is this week is warning that this reluctance to open up about dementia is contributing to the fact that 61 per cent of the 45,500 people living with the condition in Wales are yet to receive a diagnosis, denying them access to treatment and support. Alzheimer’s Society is urging anyone who is worried themselves or someone close to them may have dementia to reach out for support and advice. These findings are supported by a separate YouGov survey of members of the general public, commissioned by the charity. According to the poll almost a quarter (23 per cent) of people in Wales said that dementia is the condition they would be the most reluctant to seek help about compared to other health conditions including serious heart problems (14 per cent) and losing their sight (11 per cent). The YouGov poll also found that 59 per cent of adults in Wales who have had a health problem in the past year have put off seeking help about it. The YouGov survey also found: The reason almost half (44 per cent) of people in Wales gave for putting off seeking help was that they thought they would be making a fuss. 30 per cent of those who have put off seeking help said it was because they feared it was a serious health problem, such as dementia. Over a quarter (31 per cent) said they didn’t seek help because they were too embarrassed. Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer’s Society in Wales said: “One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, so it is worrying that so many people would feel reluctant to seek help about it. Talking about dementia can be difficult and we all bury our heads in the sand from time to time, but the sooner you know what you are dealing with, the sooner you can feel in control again and get on with your life. “That’s why this Dementia Awareness Week, Alzheimer’s Society is urging anyone who is concerned about dementia to stop bottling it up and get in touch. It is possible to live well with dementia and there are lots of ways we can help.”

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Police warn motorists after thefts from cars in Haverfordwest

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‘LOCK your car’ drivers are warned, following a two-day spate of thefts in Haverfordwest.

Eight thefts were reported between January 13 and 14, from unlocked cars parked across the town.

Officers are advising people to double check they have locked their cars, and to remove valuables from vehicles overnight.

Among the stolen items was over £1,000 in cash, a laptop, a number of bank cards, a Stihl chainsaw, worth £700, and beauty products worth around £650. Many items have since been recovered.

Two men, aged 20, have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle, and a third man, aged 19, on suspicion of handling stolen goods, in connection to the thefts. All three have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police either by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DPP/0030/14/01/2020/01/C

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Milford Haven: Police appeal after hair salon burgled

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POLICE in Milford Haven are investigating a burglary at Cut-Away Hair Salon, Priory Street, which occurred at approx. 3am on Thursday (Jan 16).

Around £200 in cash has been stolen, some of which was donations intended for a local charity.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone with information which could help the investigation, and in particular, anyone in the Priory Street area who has CCTV.

T/Sergeant for Milford Haven, Haydon Mathias, said: “Burglaries to small, local businesses like this cause distress and disrupt both the owner and the wider community. Rest assured we are doing all we can to identify the suspect and bring swift justice for the victim.”

Business owners are being advised to take appropriate steps to secure their properties:

“Don’t leave large sums of money in the premises overnight, and install CCTV– affordable cameras are readily available online.

“Specialist officers are able to provide crime prevention advice to any business with concerns about the security of their property, whether you have been a victim of crime or not.” Sgt. Mathias continued.

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Milford Haven: Appeal for information after museum windows smashed

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MILFORD HAVEN MUSEUM is asking for help after vandals struck around midnight, January 15.

The museum, based on The Docks, posted on Facebook saying: “Last night at around midnight three youths thought it would be funny to throw a traffic cone at one of the windows at the museum, breaking two panes of glass.
“If anyone saw anything please let PC Baxter 856 know by calling 101.”

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