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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2012
IN TOUCH WINTER 2012 17 Q WHAT IS THE MEDICATION FOR ALZHEIMER'S THAT I'VE HEARD PEOPLE TALK ABOUT? A These medications, such as Aricept, can slow the progression of the dementia but will not change the disease process and will not prolong life. Results are usually modest at best -- some people show little or no improvement -- and it is good to have realistic expectations of the medications. Q SHOULD I TELL SOMEONE THAT DAD HAS DEMENTIA AND IS STILL DRIVING? A In all states and territories except WA drivers do have an obligation to tell the licensing authority of any medical condition that may affect their driving including diabetes, some heart conditions and dementia. A diagnosis of dementia does not mean that a person is immediately incapable of driving, but the licensing authority will recommend that your dad see a doctor or have a driving test to assess his abilities. A Helpsheet to guide you and offer suggestions that may help your dad through this diffcult time is available on the Alzheimer's Australia website or advice is available from the National Dementia Helpline. Q&A NEED ANSWERS? W: www.alzheimers.org.au E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 1800 100 500 1 Support at time of diagnosis helps you and your family to make sense of the diagnosis and the next steps. 2 Practical advice helps you minimise the impact of dementia. 3 Living with Memory Loss programs for people in early-stage dementia increase knowledge and confdence for managing memory loss. 4 Individual and family consultations help you plan for the future. 5 Education programs help you understand and live well with dementia. 6 Up-to-date information and resources about dementia and access to the members' lending library keeps you and your family informed. 7 Connections with other people living with dementia enable you to share information and experiences. 8 Social and creative activities provide opportunities for meaningful participation. 9 Recommendations and advice about dementia support services in your area ensure suitable care. 10 Our provision of information to GPs and other health care providers helps them improve their care and support for you. 10 WAYS ALZNSW CAN HELP ALZNSW IS HERE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA, THEIR FAMILIES AND CARERS. LET US COUNT THE WAYS! NEED ANSWERS? Do you have a question for AlzNSW? Contact the National Dementia Helpline. E: nsw.helpline@ alzheimers.org.au T: 1800 100 500 Q AlzNSW campaigns rally the public and lobby the government to improve dementia funding and care. Q Courses and special events increase knowledge about dementia risk reduction and treatments. C H E F E Q U I V O C A T E R X A U N V P W O U I B E A R D E L O P E C L R K I R L R H Y E N A I N A C T I O N E S N N G I T U G G I N G S E S S I O N I U V O S S N U N N E R Y R E L I E V E G P E U I N G O L F C L U B T I F F S G W U L E U R I L A D E N I D L E D E B B I E G N L E E L B I R M I N G H A M U R G E CROSSWORD SOLUTION CROSSWORD PAGE 20
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