Dementia Action Week is marked nationally from September 20 to 26. Griffith Local Health Advisor Committee was to partner with the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network and Griffith Aged Support Services to bring the Dementia Australia Brain Hub to town for a two day visit.
Due to COVID-19 these plans had to be cancelled but we hope for a March or April 2022 visit.
Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain; it isn't one specific disease. It impacts thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.
Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person's normal social and working life. It is a very cruel disease and particularly hard for loved ones. At the present time there is no cure or prevention for dementia. Some medications have been found to reduce some symptoms.
Early signs of dementia can be subtle and vague; they may not be immediately obvious or confused with other signs of aging. Some common symptoms include: progression and frequent memory loss, confusion, personality change, apathy, withdrawal and the loss of ability to perform everyday tasks.
Support is vital for people with dementia and the help of families, friends and carers can make a huge difference to managing the conditions.
If you are caring for your loved one and would like some assistance then free copies of the Griffith Supportive Care and Services Guide are still available.
For more information visit www.dementia.org.au or contact LHAC chairwoman Margaret King on 0409 815 901.