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Dementia Awareness Week will take place from 18 – 24 May 2014

Don’t bottle up your fears about dementia – talk to Alzheimer’s Society

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people not to bottle up their fears about dementia but to talk to the Alzheimer’s Society.

If you’re worried that you, or someone close to you, may have dementia, it can be difficult to talk about. You may feel scared, confused or even ashamed. You may also be hoping that the problem will go away so you don’t have to deal with it.

We all bury our heads in the sand from time to time. But if you’re seriously concerned, and the problem continues, it’s important to talk to someone about it. The sooner you know what you’re dealing with, the sooner you can get on with your life and feel in control again.

Dr Peter Davies, NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

”Some of the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease include lapses in memory and problems with finding the right words. Other symptoms that may develop include  forgetting the way home from the shops, or being unable to remember names and places.

People with dementia may also feel sad, frightened or angry about what is happening to them. They may also experience a decline in the ability to talk, read and write.

That’s why this Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May 2014) is all about opening up. We want anyone who’s concerned about dementia to be able to talk to someone about it.  They can talk to the Alzheimer’s Society who will be holding information events in Calderdale over the next week”.

The information events will be on  the following days:

Monday 19th May 2014, 10.00am-4.00pm, Tues 20th/Wed 21st /Thurs 22nd 12.00-2.00pm at Barclays Bank, Commercial Street, Halifax.

Friday 23rd May at 10.30-12.30 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall and 2 – 4pm at Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax. For further information Tel: 01422 352789

Alternatively, if you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 1122 can provide information, support, guidance and signposting to other appropriate organisations.

The Helpline is usually open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm. Callers speak to trained Helpline Advisers.

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Notes to editor     

  • Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Many of the 20,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform their work.

Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May 2014) is all about opening up. Anyone who’s concerned about dementia should stop bottling it up and to talk to Alzheimer’s Society.

More information is available at: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

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