Working together to create a dementia-friendly society
With Dementia Action Week (21-27 May 2018) approaching, NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are backing a campaign to improve the lives of people with the condition.
Dementia has a number of symptoms, which are a result of damage to the brain. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes with the condition, experiencing a variety of symptoms including memory loss, difficulty finding the correct words, changes in personality and depression.
There is currently no cure for dementia but there are several drugs and therapies that can help to lessen the impact of the symptoms. Talking therapies including counselling, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) encourage people to talk about their feelings.
Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust have specialist Memory Services which provide cognitive and functional assessments for individuals where there are concerns over memory or where there is an established diagnosis of dementia.
Dr Rakesh Sharma clinical lead at the CCGs said:
“Thanks to the range of treatments and services now available, dementia is a condition patients can learn to live with. I would advise anyone experiencing symptoms of dementia to visit their GP or speak to a health professional.”
The Alzheimer's Society's focus this year is to encourage everyone to take action – no matter how small – to create a dementia-friendly UK. Yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and feel excluded from society.
Local Dementia Friendly projects can be found at: www.dementiaaction.org.uk
Meanwhile, events will be taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland during Dementia Action Week. Find an event near you at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week-events
For more information on dementia including how to get support visit the Alzheimer's Society website: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk or NHS Choices:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia. The National Dementia Helpline can offer one-to-one advice and support on 0300 222 11 22.