ARE you worried about your memory?
A new free NHS service is now available to people in Buckingham, Winslow and the surrounding villages who are concerned about memory problems.
These can sometimes be an early sign of a medical condition such as dementia.
It is estimated there are about 4,000 people in Bucks who are living with dementia but don’t have a diagnosis, which means they are not receiving any treatment or support.
Now Buckingham and Winslow residents can benefit from a three-year pilot scheme to fund two dementia primary care workers.
Kathy Havell and Alison McGee are funded by the NHS and managed by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Their aim is to provide advice and information to people who have concerns about their memories, and to support those who have a diagnosis, as well as their friends and families.
Mrs Havell said: “If people have a memory concern we would see them and talk to them and there are a couple of memory tests we can do. If people end up with a diagnosis of dementia, we can support them right through. We can also link people up with all the other services the Alzheimer’s Society can provide
“Sometimes it will be a carer or relative who will ring us up. It’s about supporting the whole family.”
The only requirement is people need to be registered with one of the GP practices in Buckingham or Winslow.
She added: “We can usually book a room in the surgery but we can also go and see them at home if that’s their preference.
“Early diagnosis enables people to come to terms and make decisions. It enables you to set things in place and do the things you still want to achieve. Our message about dementia is, although it is a serious illness and there isn’t a cure, people can still live active, productive, enjoyable lives with it.”
To arrange a meeting with one of the dementia primary care workers, call 07718 118561 or ask your GP.