Worried about dementia in Southend?
11th February 2013
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Are you worried about your memory?
Do you have trouble remembering the simplest things?
Are you concerned that you might be suffering from dementia?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’ please don’t ignore your fears and push them to the back of your mind, because help is at hand.

Dementia is affecting more people than ever as men and women live longer, but early intervention can vastly improve the quality of later years living.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is continuing its series of events in the Borough’s libraries to raise awareness of dementia and memory problems.

Sessions will take place as follows at the Central Library, Victoria Avenue, Southend:

  • Tuesday 12th February from 10am -12noon 
  • Wednesday 13th February from 11am-1pm 
  • Thursday 14th February from 2pm-4pm 
  • Friday 15th February from 11am- 1pm 
  • Saturday 16th February from 10am – 12noon 

These include extra sessions, added following the success of last month’s events at Kent Elms Library in Rayleigh Road, Leigh.

Organisers found that people were especially keen to speak face to face with members of staff, so as a result, they have specially arranged more sessions with staff available.

The sessions are run in conjunction with Public Health, SEPT, the Alzheimer’s Society and Southend Carers and aim to provide residents with information about: 

  • what can cause problems with your memory 
  • the facts and myths about dementia 
  • what services are available in Southend for people with memory problems and dementia 
  • where to go for help 
  • living well with dementia and 
  • information for people who care for someone with dementia 

Further events will also take place at Thorpedene Library in Shoeburyness from Monday 25th February to Saturday 2nd March.

Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing, Lesley Salter, said: “Dementia is affecting more and more people as men and women live longer. “If you are having problems with your memory, or suffering from mood changes and confusion, I urge you to seek medical advice from your GP. “The commonest cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s, followed by vascular dementia or a combination of both. “It’s so important that any ongoing memory impairment is investigated and treated at the earliest opportunity.

For more information about dementia and memory problems please contact the Council’s Dementia Project Manager Chris Harris on 01702-534434.

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