Mar 27 2013

Dementia and Alzheimer’s talk – April 15, 2013

doctorConsultant Physician Dr Shane Roche, who practices at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital, in Harrow North West London is hosting a free Dementia and Alzheimer’s talk on Monday 15 April at 7pm. The talk, which is open to both carers and families of those effected by the disease, will look at how they can assist and interacting with people suffering from the diseases.

Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK[i] and 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 suffer from the disease. However, because of the associated stigma surrounding the disease one in three sufferers never get a formal diagnosis and others have no idea where to turn for help. Dr Roche’s talk will highlight that dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. The symptoms of dementia include:

  • Memory loss – such as remembering past events much more easily than recent ones
  • Problems thinking or reasoning – or finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes
  • Feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss – or feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment

Speaking prior to the talk Dr Roche commented, “With an ageing population dementia is one of biggest challenges faced by the medical profession. While there is no cure, early diagnosis can help people take control of their condition and plan for the future. Awareness is just the first step towards tackling the stigma around this condition and we need to work together if we’re going to help those living with dementia have a better quality of life.”

To reserve a free place for Dr Roche’s talk on Monday 15 April at 7.00pm please click here.

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