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Dementia Awareness Week

14-20 May 2017

The Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Awareness Week takes place this year between 14 – 20 May with the aim of spreading the charity's core philosophy that life doesn't end where dementia begins.     

Dementia itself refers to a wide range of symptoms typically related to progressive memory loss, cognitive impairment and difficulties with language. Changes in mood and behaviour are also common as dementia affects each person differently, particularly in the early stages.

GPs in Lambeth are encouraging local people to be open about their thoughts, feelings and experiences with dementia.

Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Last year dementia overtook heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales. It is easy to think of dementia as an inevitable result of people living longer lives, however, a cure is possible. We are working with GPs to encourage early diagnosis, and it is important that individuals and their families know there are already treatments that offer some help and support is available for them. The Alzheimer's Society for Lambeth and Southwark and Carers' Hub Lambeth provide an important role alongside health providers."

"Initiatives such as dementia awareness week are vital to ensuring more research and support for those who have dementia and their families and carers is a reality."

Alzheimer's disease is just one of many causes of dementia, making up between 50 % to 70% percent of cases. Other less known while still common forms of dementia include vascular dementia, lewy body dementia and frontotemporal dementia.

Dementia does not necessarily discriminate. While it mainly affects those aged 65 and over, 42,000 of the UK's 850,000 dementia patients are under the age of 65.

Scientists are working hard to understand the underlying causes of dementia, including the study of links between dementia and genetics that can cause people to inherit the condition.

Every person with dementia is different, so if you are concerned talk to your GP or contact The Alzheimer's Society for information and support on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk.

Local information:

The Alzheimer's Society for Lambeth and Southwark provide information, support and advice to people who are worried about or affected by dementia.  http://lambethandsouthwarkmind.org.uk/directory/lambeth-alzheimers-society/

The  Carers' Hub Lambeth offers support  to anyone who provides unpaid care and support, either living in Lambeth or caring for someone in Lambeth. http://carershub.org.uk/