Signs you or a relative might have dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Society

As families and friends plan to gather for Christmas, a dementia charity is raising awareness about how loved ones can spot the signs of the debilitating condition.

During the festive period, the Alzheimer’s Society will see a 60 per cent spike in calls to its helpline and a 30 per cent rise in hits on its website, as people seek advice about loved ones.

To aid those with concerns, the charity has released guidance to help people identify the differences between dementia and general absent-mindedness, following a survey which highlighted common misconceptions.