Friends and family of older people in Wolverhampton are being urged by health leaders at NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to look out for the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s so they can benefit from the support that is available.
The plea is being made in line with World Alzheimer’s Month, this month September 2016, which is all about encouraging people to learn to spot the signs of Alzheimer’s and to support loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s, or remember those who may have passed away.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by a range of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer's Society, in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council, holds Dementia Cafes in the city. These offer a safe, welcoming environment for people with dementia and their family, friends and carers in the company of other carers, volunteers and health and social care professionals. Click here to find out more.
Over a third of people over 65 will develop dementia and an estimated 21m people in England have a close friend or family member with the condition.
Dr Dan De Rosa, Chair of NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said:
“Many people see dementia as a normal consequence of ageing and don’t come forward for the help and support that’s available. Recognising the symptoms is the first step towards getting a diagnosis that can reduce the anxiety of people with dementia and their family.
“We strongly believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins, so supporting people in Wolverhampton to live well with dementia is a key priority. Early diagnosis allows a greater chance to benefit from treatments, access resources and information, and to plan for the future.
“If you are worried about your memory or think you may have dementia, then contact your GP Practice as soon as possible. There are treatments and support available and the earlier dementia is diagnosed, the better you can be supported to maintain your independence.”
People who have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, can call the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 1122 for information, support, guidance and signposting to other appropriate organisations.