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Lewisham GPs encourage residents to open up about dementia


GPs in Lewisham are encouraging local people who are worried about dementia to confront their fears during Dementia Awareness Week from 15-21 May.

The annual event, organised by The Alzheimer's Society, aims to raise awareness of dementia and the support on offer to patients, their families and carers both locally and nationally.

In Lewisham, over 2000 people over the age of 65 years are currently living with dementia;.  Whilst the condition generally affects older people, there are currently around 100 residents under the age of 65 living with dementia in Lewisham.

"Many people don't know that there are over 100 different types of dementia" explains ,Dr Marc Rowland, local GP and Chair of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  

"Each form of the condition has its' own set of symptoms, and every individual affected will respond in a different way.  However, all forms of dementia can impact upon everyday life for patients, their families, friends and carers."

"Whilst there is no cure for dementia, providing the right support and treatment options and helping people around them to understand the condition and it's effects can help to ensure that people living with the condition are able to enjoy the best possible quality of life."

Common symptoms of dementia include:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language
  • Mood swings

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.

You can get local support from Lewisham Mindcare which provides advice and support to people suffering from dementia, including signposting towards local services, advocacy support, group activities and training.

For more information, call 020 3228 5960 or visit https://www.mindcare.org.uk/lewisham-services/