World Dementia Awareness Day

An event to raise awareness about dementia will be held by North Essex Partnership and the Alzheimer’s Society on 21 September 2010 (10:00am 1:00pm) at Greenwood Day Services, Mental Health Unit, St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, CM16 6TN.

 

A talk about Dementia will be given by Lean Lee, Specialist Dementia Nurse. Ann-Marie West, Dietician, will talk about Nutrition and Dementia, and Ceinwen Brown, Speech and Language Therapist will talk about Communication and Swallowing.

 

There will be information stands and demonstrations about:

 

 

Earlier this year, ThinkingFit, a pilot study aimed at engaging people in activities that could delay the onset of dementia was launched by North Essex Partnership in collaboration with the Adult Community Learning Service in Essex.

 

ThinkingFit provides physical activities such as walking and is supported by fitness instructors. Other activities include computerised games to improve brain activity and a variety of group based activities.

 

Dr Dannhauser said: “Some older people with memory problems go on to develop dementia. Evidence shows that regular physical activity reduces the risk of dementia but most people miss out on this benefit because they are not active enough. The Thinking Fit study provides fun activities that are adjusted to the needs of each individual.”

 

About 700,000 people in the UK are affected by dementia. Currently, there is no cure for dementia but there are many studies underway to investigate the potential of non-drug and drug treatments to prevent and to slow down dementia.