September is Alzheimer awareness month
September is Alzheimer awareness month.
Across Wrekin we provide a range of services for people affected by Dementia. Including specialist nursing care at our purpose-built dementia care centre, Limewood, and offering expert advice and support to individuals, their family and carers via our Dementia outreach service.
Below are a few facts about Dementia.
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
We all forget a name or a face sometimes, especially as we get older. Dementia is something different. Memory problems can be one of a number of symptoms. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t just affect older people.
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
Dementia causes nerve cells to die, damaging the structure and chemistry of the brain. No two types of dementia are the same and cause damage to different parts of the brain. Everyone experiences dementia in their own way.
It’s not just about losing your memory
Most people hear the word dementia and think of memory loss. Someone with dementia might repeat themselves and have problems recalling things that happened recently. But dementia can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave.
People can still live well with dementia
Support and treatments are available that can help with symptoms and managing daily life. These can allow people with dementia to lead active, purposeful lives and carry on doing the things that matter to them most.
Diane Wallace, who leads our Dementia Outreach Service explains about our telephone support:
“Living with a loved one who has dementia, can be hard. Sometimes, a husband or wife may not want to share their worries with their children or other family members – they find it easier to talk to us. So we listen, we show them we care and we help them live alongside dementia.”
Diane is highly trained and experienced in supporting people with dementia. So if you are looking for advice or just some emotional support you can contact the service on 07837 317 521.
23rd September 2020