World Alzheimer's Day is an annual campaign that falls on the 21st of September and forms part of World Alzheimer's Month, 'Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer's. This campaign is encouraging everyone to recognise the signs and symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer's.
Dementia is not a normal part of getting old and is a term used to describe a set of symptoms that impact a person’s memory. There are many different types of Dementia, but the most common is Alzheimer’s disease, followed by Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia.
At KYN, we ensure that individualised dementia care is at the core of our vision for excellence. Chief Operating Officer and KYN’s Head of Care, Caroline Naidoo, informs, “KYN is passionate about using our expertise and knowledge to provide in-depth, relevant information and support, helping our families and local communities to understand Dementia better.”
Dementia often develops slowly over several years, so symptoms are not always apparent at first. Loved ones may notice a loss of interest and enjoyment in day-to-day activities; these are often the first changes seen in the early stages.
Other early symptoms can include forgetting recent events, names and faces, repeating questions, misplacing objects, getting lost, and confusion around the day, dates, and times. In addition, we often see that people may struggle to communicate or have problems finding the right words.
If you are concerned about symptoms of Dementia or any other memory issue, we would always encourage a visit to the doctor who can refer you for an initial assessment. Not all cognitive problems are Dementia, and it could be something treatable such as Vitamin D, Iron or B12 deficiency.
Chief Executive Officer Adrian Pancott shares, “World Alzheimer’s Month is a time to raise awareness. KYN is dedicated to supporting this campaign; we see it as our responsibility to ensure our communities are informed and supported in Dementia.”
The Alzheimer’s Society offers a wealth of information on their website and their helpsheets are a great resource for those looking to learn more about Dementia.