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​Concerned about dementia? Talk to your GP


GPs in Southwark are encouraging local people who are worried about dementia to confront their fears during Dementia Awareness Week from 15-21 May.
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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 Southwark, over 1,700 people are currently living with dementia. While the condition generally affects older people, there are currently around 121 local residents under the age of 65 living with dementia.

Dr Nancy Kuchemann, local GP and clinical lead for mental health at NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Dementia can affect people in many different ways. 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 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, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk