September 2017 will marks the sixth global World Alzheimers Month, an international campaign to raise awareness of dementia and challenge the stigma surrounding the disorder. Alzheimers disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting approximately three quarters of sufferers. The theme for this years campaign is ‘Remember Me’ and aims to highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia.
Memory loss can be a symptom of dementia and so it is important to see your GP to ensure you have access to the right support and services. Many people are reluctant to see their GP with concerns about their memory but other conditions such as stress, depression and certain physical conditions can all affect memory and so it is important to see your GP to rule out other causes which might be treatable. The earlier people receive a diagnosis the sooner they can plan for the future.
For people who receive a diagnosis of dementia, there is now a large amount of post diagnosis support available for for them and their carers, including support groups, information packs and community support.
The Dementia Navigator service provides support, practical advice and information to people with dementia, their families and carers. They will work with the person to help them understand dementia, prepare for the future and access other support services.
Support from the Dementia Navigator service can be provided face to face, over the phone or by email. For more information contact the Alzheimers Society by calling 019 2688 8899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.