9 ways to prevent dementia

One in three cases of dementia could be potentially prevented by targeting nine risk factors, including continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and stopping or reducing smoking. Such prevention requires public health interventions, as well as individual action. Acting now will vastly improve life for people with dementia and their families, and in doing so, will transform the future of society.

KEY MESSAGES

• Dementia is the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century

• The number of people with dementia is increasing globally

• Prevention is possible and rates of dementia can be greatly decreased

• 9 lifestyle risk factors account for 35% of the risk of getting dementia

• While genes affect Alzheimer’s disease they are relatively less important in older people. The only important gene APOE4 accounts for 7% of risk

• Ambitious action is required at both a policy and

societal level to implement preventative strategies

NINE PREVENTABLE RISK FACTORS

• stopping education at the age of 12-15 years old

• high blood pressure

• obesity

• hearing loss in mid-life (45-65 years old)

• smoking

• depression

• physical inactivity

• social isolation

• diabetes in later life (over 65 years old)

You can download the report here

Preventing Dementia – 9 key risk factors[1]

Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week programme 15th until 21st May 2017

Have you been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other Dementia?

Do you know someone who has?

Are you concerned that you might be experiencing memory loss?

  • An early diagnosis will help you plan for your future
  • If a diagnosis is made you will get advice and support from a specialist team, including:
    – Doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and other clinicians
  • These specialists will be able to give you advice on:
    – Medication that may help you
    – Living with Dementia and staying well
    – Social service care and financial help, such as attendance and carer’s allowance, that you may be able to apply for

How can I find out if I may have Dementia?

  • Talk to your GP about your concerns. Take someone with you if you like
  • Your GP will carry out an assessment if they have any concerns about your health
  • If your GP has any concerns about your health they may refer you to see a specialist, where you will have further tests
  • Once your GP has got all the information they need from the specialist they will discuss the results of your assessment with you
  • A clinician or support worker will help you make the arrangements you need

Dementia Liaison Services

There is a dementia services available for Hounslow residents.

The document can be downloaded here.Hounslow dementia liaison leaflet for professionals V2

We are a small team of three dementia nurse specialists who are based either in West Middlesex University Hospital (WMUH) or the community with on-going support from a dedicated part-time liaison psychiatric consultant, with cover provided by Hounslow Liaison Psychiatry Services.

The inpatient Dementia Liaison Service supports patients with cognitive difficulties who are admitted to WMUH who live within the London Borough of Hounslow or have been discharged within the past 30 days. Our aim is to improve diagnostic rates of dementia and enhance patient care whilst creating a supportive pathway for patients and carers through to the community.

We also provide training and clinical support to professionals within WMUH so they can enhance their care for dementia patients with current support structures. We input with dementia liaison nurses based in the community to provide consistency and avoid loss of follow up.

Dementia Pic

Dementia – What Primary Care Needs to Know

Dementia Revealed- What primary care needs to know

NHS England in cooperation with the Royal College of GPs and Hardwick CCG have published

Dementia Revealed- What primary care needs to know, an educational tool aimed at GPs and practice nurses to support the diagnosis and treatment of dementia. The booklet provides tools to help GPs make timely diagnosis and identify what they can do in terms of vital post-diagnostic support.

This may be helpful for GPs and care staff.

Click here to download toolkit. dementia-revealed-toolkit

Dementia Training for Clinicians

E-Learning for Health @  www.e-lfh.org.uk/

Have a good  and interactive but flexible training session approximately 30 minutes that might suit busy but interested GPs.

The Dementia Awareness- Acute & Community – Health Education North Central & East London & UCL Partners

Face to Face training can be provided, please click on the link below from Health Education England (NWL) Tier 1 & 2 would be the best place to start.

Core Elements and Outcomes for Dementia Training

Training

There are also various training organisations who are able or willing to provide some tailor made training for your needs if need be.

 Shola Ajayi

Dementia Project Lead (Interim)

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust