Library talk on dementia issues

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A south east Northumberland library will host a talk this May to raise awareness of the problems face by people with dementia.

Cramlington Library will host the talk by Kay Yeo of Northumbria Healthcare, which will include tips and techniques to help care for people with these conditions as well as an opportunity to share experiences and encourage group support.

The free event will take place on Monday, May 18, from 10am to noon.

Healthcare professionals, people working with people with dementia or carers could all find this a useful event to attend.

Over the past five years, GP practices across the county have seen an increase in the number of their patients who have dementia – an estimated 6,000 people in Northumberland are thought to be suffering from some form of dementia.

Dementia is a condition that will affect one in three people over the age of 65, and can include symptoms such as memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language.

These changes are often small to begin with and then can develop to affect daily life.Northumberland’s health and social care consumer champion Healthwatch Northumberland monitors services across the county such as hospitals, GPs, dentists, opticians, pharmacies and care homes – and relies on feedback.

Call (01670) 620232 to book a place.