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LSAB News September 2018

World Alzheimer’s day – Friday 21st September 2018

What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. 

Alzheimer’s disease, named after the doctor who first described it (Alois Alzheimer), is a physical disease that affects the brain. 

During the course of the disease, proteins build up in the brain to form structures called ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’. This leads to the loss of connections between nerve cells, and eventually to the death of nerve cells and loss of brain tissue.

Mental Health Foundation

Hold a Tea & Talk to mark World Mental Health Day

Tea & Talk is the Mental Health Foundation’s flagship fundraiser and marks World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Since its conception in 2009, Tea & Talk has had thousands of sign-ups and raised over £150,000 for the Mental Health Foundation.

In May, the Mental Health Awareness Week report found that almost three-quarters of people have at some point felt so stressed that you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope.

Talking to others and building relationships is a simple way to eliminate stress and to boost both your own mental health and that of those around you. Get the conversation flowing by holding a Tea & Talk this World Mental Health Day!

The Mental Health Foundation have some fantastic resources that are easily downloadable from the website so it couldn’t be simpler a hold a Tea & Talk!

Sign up for your free pack today!

If you have any questions, please phone The Mental Health Foundation on 020 7803 1123 or send an email to events@mentalhealth.org.uk.

Mind Care

Lewisham MindCare is a dementia support service offering information and advice to anyone with a dementia diagnosis who is living in Lewisham Borough or registered with a Lewisham GP.

They support people to access a wide range of services from local groups and activities to getting support from social care, information on Lasting Power of Attorney or benefits and assistive technology.

MindCare also offer free training courses for family carers and professionals working in dementia care.

MindCare accept referrals from professionals, family members and clients themselves. To make a referral or find out more, contact by phone on 020 3228 5960 or email info@mindcare.org.uk

You can also find more information about the service on their website.

Independent age

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Power of attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone you trust the authority to help you make decisions, or to make them and take actions for you if you become unable to do these things yourself. There are different types for different circumstances.

Different types of power of attorney can be used in different situations. You may sometimes want to set up more than one type.

  • Ordinary power of attorney – gives someone the authority to make decisions or take actions about your finances while you still have mental capacity
  • Lasting power of attorney (property and financial affairs) – gives someone the authority to make decisions about your finances with your permission or if you lose mental capacity
  • Lasting power of attorney (health and welfare) – gives someone the authority to make decisions about your health and care if you lose mental capacity
  • Enduring power of attorney – this was replaced by lasting power of attorney for property and financial affairs on 1 October 2007. If you’d already made an enduring power of attorney before this then it will still be valid. Be aware that it only covers property and financial decisions, so you might wish to set up a lasting power of attorney for health and welfare as well.

Find out more about power of attorney, your options, the different types and how they can work for you or a loved one.

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Dealing with Depression

If you, or someone you know experience depression, you’re not alone. Depression affects around one in five older people, and two in five people living in care homes. Treatments – such as medication or talking therapies - can be very effective, even if you’ve been feeling low for a long time, and there are lots of different options available. 

Independent age have produced a guide for ‘Dealing with depression’

The guide covers:

  • What is depression and how does it feel?
  • What can affect our mental health?
  • Where to go for help?
  • Ways to help yourself
  • Staying well.

Read this guide and find out how to recognise the signs and the actions to take.

Download Guide here

World Health Organisation (WHO)

The World Health Organisation have decided to class Hoarding as an official medical condiction.

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Sources of support for families

Dementia UK - Sources of support for families

Alzheimers Society - Getting help and support

NHS - Help and support for people with dementia

Dementia UK have produced a ‘sources of support and advice’ help sheet. Download the fact sheet

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