Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Ann Bird aired from April 26th
Statistic 1 in 20 over 65 affected by dementia over 80 1 in 5 affected
Many people use the words “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease” interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. A person can have a form of dementia that is completely unrelated to Alzheimer’s disease.
The term Dementia does not refer to a specific disease, instead it describes a group of symptoms which affect memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. It includes memory loss, personality change and impaired intellectual functions resulting from disease or trauma to the brain.
Dementia is progressive and can arise from many different causes which will all involve loss of memory, but they have other symptoms which are different depending on the cause.
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HAVE YOU EVER FORGOTTEN ANYTHING?
HAVE YOU EVER FORGOTTEN ANYTHING SO SERIOUS THAT IT CAUSED YOU TO WORRY?
ARE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW PLAGUED BY FORGETFULNESS?
My name is Ann-Noreen Bird, of Global Dementia Care and I am a dementia care expert. Over the last 24 years, I have been a ward nurse, a community nurse, a turnaround specialist Nurse, a practice development nurse, manager, teacher, trainer, educator, nurse advisor and Lead nurse of a Borough, all in the field of mental health of the older persons.
With ageing populations across the globe, the number of people living with dementia is set to rise worldwide, so now is the time to take action!
I teach people to recognize, cope and embrace dementia so they can help those living with the disease to live dignified lives.”
My mission is to inform, educate, empower people globally to recognize and understand dementia so they can appropriately care for those living with the condition.
Despite our developed understanding of dementia, there is still more work to be done. Presently approximately only 10% of people receive a diagnosis of dementia in developing countries, which puts an enormous strain on families and communities to care for those affected.
Through education, discussion and raising awareness I hope my contribution will diminish the stigmas surrounding dementia and enable those in need to be treated and cared for effectively and with the dignity they deserve.
Martin Luther King Jr once said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is What are you doing for others?”
This is my contribution to society”
Will you support me on this journey?
My name is Ann-Noreen Bird .