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Social Care and Commissioning (Adult Care) for Leicester City council visits EAVA FM

Added: Friday 2nd March 2012 10:23:36 AM

Social Care and Commissioning (Adult Care) for Leicester City council visits EAVA FM

When it comes to mental health, there are so many offshoots people aren't sure what all of them are and what might be the symptoms so, Dee invited in the Director for Social Care and Commissioning (Adult Care) for Leicester City council.

The show was all about the mental health problem Dementia. We have all heard about dementia but not quite sure what it is and what the symptoms are so Dee called up Dr Ian Cross who is part of the clinical commissioning group, on air to explain what dementia is.

"There are many forms of dementia but two forms are the most popular, one is Alzheimer's disease and the other Vascular".

Although these two forms of dementia are similar they have different symptoms, such as Alzheimer's symptoms consist of difficulty remembering names and recent events is often an early clinical symptom; apathy and depression are also often early stages. Later symptoms include impaired judgment, disorientation, confusion, difficulty speaking, behaviour changes, swallowing and walking. Vascular dementia symptoms are quite mild compared to Alzheimer's but without treatment it could be quite severe, the symptoms consist of impaired judgment or ability to make plans is the initial symptom, as opposed to the memory loss often associated with the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

There is no cure for any form of dementia but medication will control it. There are also a few other things you can do to control or prevent yourself from getting Vascular dementia such as, making sure your blood pressure, fat intake and cholesterol are under control. It is all about your general health and wellbeing, you must keep your brain active because it is just like a muscle if you don't use it then it will go weak, so try doing a crossword a day or any other brain activity.

In Leicester 50% of people with dementia have actually been diagnosed, meaning there still is a large group of individuals who have got dementia and don't know or will not get expert help. In the UK there are 700,000 people with dementia 30% have been diagnosed and the experts predict there will be a 100% increase over the next 30 years. £67 million a year is spent on mental health issues and nationally £17 billion a year; this is where the 'Dementia Strategy' comes in to insure dementia has its fair share of funding like other mental issues.

The Dementia Strategy is all about improving dementia care in care homes, care in hospitals, improving early diagnosis, improving mental health and keeping the person fit so they can be discharged. The strategy is in the process of setting up the 'Dementia Cafes' this is a new idea they've come up with and it is a chance for people to meet other people who have got dementia, professional advice and information is on offer and you can also get financial support but you may be assessed first. The cafes also prevent isolation, offer an outreach program, support for the carer and the person being cared for and the chance to join a social group specifically for people with dementia. The dementia cafes will be opening in July/August stay tuned into EAVA FM to find out more.

If you think you may have dementia, or you're starting to forget things such as going shopping and buying absolutely nothing on your shopping list but buying stuff you don't need then this maybe an early sign, it would be best to get help because it's definitely not to be ignored. Ask your family if they've noticed anything strange if not go to your local GP. The doctors will have a checklist to discover if you've got dementia or just getting older.

You can also go on to the Alzheimer's society website which offers information and advice just click the link www.alzheimers.org.uk.

Some of the information above was taking from the website www.alz.org and the rest was from Dr Ian Cross radio interview.

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