Carers shine the spotlight on dementia in Camden

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Camden is set to become the dementia capital of NSW, with more sufferers of the disease projected to come from the area than any other part of the state by 2050.
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That was the sobering news delivered by Jo-Ann Brown of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW at a dementia forum for carers at Camden Civic Centre last Wednesday.

About 70 people attended the forum organised by Macarthur Carer of the Year Fay Jones to educate carers on what support services are available to them.

Mrs Jones said she was buoyed by the community support she had received for highlighting the plight of carers whose loved ones suffered dementia.

Following the forum, Mrs Jones said the state and federal governments needed to do more to help carers and with more support services and properly trained nurses.

She said she would start a Macarthur wide support group for people like her to ‘‘have a coffee and a chat and lobby for more funding.’’

‘‘I hope that with the Macarthur Dementia Carers Friends group that we can support each other to cope. We need to be able to speak more about the problems that are upsetting us,’’ she said.

There are 736 dementia sufferers living in the Camden electorate, Ms Brown said.

About 70 people attended a dementia forum for carers at Camden Civic Centre. Picture: Jonathan Ng

About 70 people attended a dementia forum for carers at Camden Civic Centre. Picture: Jonathan Ng

That number is expected to rise dramatically to 4828 by 2050 – the highest number of people with dementia in the state, representing a growth of 600 per cent, she said.

‘‘The new electoral boundaries and also the urban sprawl out west is what has made that projected number increase so substantially,’’ Ms Brown said.

South West Sydney Local Health District geriatrician Bilyana Konstantinova said while there was no cure for dementia, medications were being developed to modify and even delay the progression of the disease.

Dr Konstantinova said studies showed that Souvenaid, a ‘‘medical nutritional drink described as food for the brain’’ was helping people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and unlike traditional medicines, had no side effects.

However, it had shown to be of no benefit to people with moderate to severe dementia and was not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, she said.

Ms Brown said people could reduce their risk of developing dementia by eating natural, unprocessed foods, exercise and learning new skills to stimulate brain activity.

For more information about the Macarthur Dementia Carers Friends group, email Fay Jones, [email protected]南京夜网.

For a list of local support services, www.swslhd.nsw.gov.au/carers/dementiaservices.html.

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