Still Me campaign
The recent ‘Still Me’ campaign produced by the Public Health Agency aims to raise awareness of the signs of dementia and to reduce stigma about the condition. In the latest phase we see local people living with a dementia, such as Evelyn who loves going out with her friend Jean and Danny who is an avid gardener with his son Danny Jnr.
What is dementia?
The PHA have said:
"Dementia is a term used to describe a group of conditions that affect the brain and cause a progressive decline in the ability to think, remember and learn. It is estimated that 20,000 people in Northern Ireland are living with a dementia but dementia is not a part of normal ageing.
"Memory changes as we get older and we all can be a bit forgetful sometimes, however, at what point should we start becoming concerned? The leaflet, ’10 Common Signs of Dementia’ outlines the possible signs and symptoms of dementia, and is available by clicking here. If one or more of the symptoms are causing concern or affecting daily life, it is a good idea to visit your GP.
"Coming to terms with any diagnosis can be hard; friends and family can provide a strong network of support to the person ensuring they don’t feel isolated and focus on the positive elements of their life – encourage them to continue with hobbies, activities and pastimes. While life may change following a dementia diagnosis, with support from family, friends and health professionals, people with a dementia can still have fulfilling lives."
To find out more about dementia and the ‘Still Me’ campaign visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/dementia