21 September marks World Alzheimer’s Day and Uniphar is proud to be supporting the invaluable work of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland by distributing their evoking cook book, A Taste to Remember.
This cook book, filled with stories and recipes from Irish people and families affected by dementia is available through the Uniphar website for only €20 and you can add an A3 poster and stand free of charge. You can place your order here.
More about Alzheimer’s disease and how you can help
There are close to 55 000 people living with dementia in Ireland, and another 4 000 are diagnosed annually. Due to the aging population, it is estimated that there will be over 130 000 people living with dementia in 2041.
As a pharmacist, you are the forefront of a patient’s medical care, and, you’re also the most accessible.
As with most diseases, early intervention is key and here are some of the early warning signs patients and their families can look out for:
- Difficulty in abstract thinking
- Disorientation with time and place
- Changes in mood, personality and behaviour
- Loss of initiative and motivation
- Impaired memory and thinking
- Impaired visual and spatial skills.
With such a high incidence of dementia in Ireland, you are very likely to encounter a patient or carer and it is imperative for you to stay abreast of new developments in research and pharmacological therapies about the disease. You can increase quality of life for patients and their carers by understanding the disease and guiding them through it.
A patient with Alzheimer’s disease require more than simply drug treatment. During counselling you can provide patients and their carers with practical tips like developing memory aids, for example a list of daily routines, important telephone number in case of an emergency, and if appropriate, guidance on an exercise routine. This disease affects carers too, they need to understand that they may feel overwhelmed at times and guide them on where they can access resources to help them.
While there is no cure yet for this devastating disease, we can work together to make the lives of dementia patients and their carers as easy as possible.
For more information or additional resources for your pharmacy, contact the Alzheimer Society of Ireland on 1800 341 341 or www.alzheimer.ie.