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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
Feature 12 In touch Summer 2010 www.alzheimers.org.au Dr Andrew Rochford has urged those worried about their memory to seek help sooner rather than later. Dr Rochford, National Ambassador for Dementia Awareness Week, made the call at the launch of Alzheimer's Australia's new publication, Worried About Your Memory? on 21 September. The new Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, The Hon Mark Butler, also joined the event. The launch coincided with World Alzheimer's Day and the launch of a new report released by Alzheimer's Disease International, which estimates that 35.6 million people live with dementia globally, a figure expected to increase to 115.4 million by 2050. "I encourage people who have concerns about their memory to contact Alzheimer's Australia on the National Dementia Helpline for help and support, or to seek medical help," Dr Rochford said. Timely diagnosis "It is important that when someone has a genuine concern about their memory, or that of a loved one, they act sooner rather than later as this will help in getting a diagnosis as early as possible," Dr Rochford continued. "Early diagnosis is important in helping to get the right support, information and treatment. Some medications are also at their most beneficial in the early stages of dementia." Timely diagnosis is also important when planning for future care needs and making sure financial and legal matters are in order. Dr Rochford said it was also important for people living with dementia, as well as their carers and families, to know help is available. "Alzheimer's Australia is a great resource for people living with dementia. It can help with information about dementia, including help sheets, education for carers and professionals, counselling, support, the early intervention Living with Memory Loss program, social and therapeutic activities, and more," he said. "The National Dementia Helpline is the best way to contact Alzheimer's Australia throughout the country." Publication launch A new publication for GPs, No time like the present, was also launched at the event. AlzNSW Honorary Medical Advisor Professor Henry Brodaty, Director, Aged Care Psychiatry and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic, Prince of Wales Hospital, said the publication would help GPs provide a timely diagnosis for their patients worried about their memory. Timely diagnoses are a high priority for patients, but all too often are not achieved. "We need to take patients' concerns about their memories seriously," Professor Brodaty said. "Some symptoms similar to dementia can be caused by other Memory matters National Dementia Awareness Week Ambassador Dr Andrew Rochford at the launch of Worried about your memory? A new campaign urges people who are worried about their memory to seek help, and supports GPs diagnosing dementia with a new publication.
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