Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people who may be worried about their memory to have a memory health check during Dementia Awareness Week which runs from 21st – 25th May 2012.
The Trust is encouraging people age 65 years and over to be aware of their current state of mental health and wellbeing. This might just mean taking time out to relax and think about how you are feeling and your general state of health - all important in recognising the symptoms of dementia and seeking help and advice early.
Dr. Lisa Blissitt, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults said, “As the rate of dementia continues to rise due to the aging population, we are encouraging people to come forward earlier for help and assistance.
“We are excited to be involving our local Sikh and Hindu communities where dementia is not often talked about. With expertise from staff who know the language and cultural background we are able to offer people comprehensive assessments. We want all who are worried about their memory, whatever age they are, to come and talk to us and get a check-up.
“Check-ups are simple and straightforward and a doctor will be able to see if further help is required.
“Although dementia is a progressive illness, early diagnosis allows consideration for a trial of medication. We can also offer practical guidance and support through our close links with other organisations and the voluntary sector. Many people attend our therapeutic groups which facilitate discussion on living well with memory loss and learning techniques to help people cope. It also enables people to plan for the future.”
Staff will be at the Guru Gurdwara Community Centre on Monday 21st May and at the Old Meeting Street Hindu Temple on Wednesday 23rd May where Dr Samina Azeem will be talking to ladies about memory problems and general wellbeing.
Volunteer organisations including Building Understanding of Dementia Service (BUDS), Alzheimer’s Society and Alz Café (part of Accord Housing) will also be there to give advice and information to people about the help they can provide.
Dementia is a term used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases conditions. The following are a few of the most common symptoms of dementia:
- Loss of memory
- Problems with speech
- Lack of understanding