September is World Alzheimer’s Month, the sixth annual international campaign that occurs every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia with World Alzheimer's Day taking place on 21 September.
Every 3 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia with 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This leads to the focus of this year’s campaign on early detection and diagnosis of dementia:
‘Remember Me: Early diagnosis means I can live well for longer’
Early diagnosis comes with a number of benefits including the power to change the perception of dementia, by showing that living as well as possible can be achieved with support, respect and access to services. Early diagnosis also offers with the opportunity to take part in dementia research, which may identify new treatments, help to find a cure or improve care.
With dementia describing different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function and many of these conditions can be progressive and eventually severe, NHS WolverhamptonClinical Commissioning Group (CCG) supports World Alzheimer’s Month 2017.
Dr Helen Hibbs, Accountable Officer of NHS Wolverhampton CCG said:
“Recognising and diagnosing dementia early on helps those with the condition and their families to be better equipped to cope with the progression of the illness. We have dedicated Admiral Nurses and continuing healthcare services that provides free care, for people with dementia whose care needs relate mainly to their health.
“All this is with the purpose of providing the best possible care those suffering with dementia to help them live more meaningful and productive lives.”
World Alzheimer’s Month starts on 1 September with World Alzheimer’s Day taking place on 21 September 2017.