Session on Aging and Dementias

A new research report by Alzheimer’s Pakistan into how people with dementia in Pakistan are cared for has highlighted the need for greater awareness of the disease, more effective support services and greater cultural understanding.
5 September, 2018
Alzheimer’s Pakistan in collaboration with Agha Khan Local Health Board Lahore organized an Awareness Seminar at Agha Khan Community Center, Lahore on Sunday the 13th of May 2018
5 September, 2018

Alzheimer’s Pakistan in collaboration with Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning organized a session on Aging and Dementias on July 10, 2018 at Alzheimer’s Pakistan’s Lahore office. The resource person of the session was Prof. Iracema Leroi from the University of the Manchester, UK. Prof. Leroi is the Professor of Dementia in Aging and Psychiatry, Div of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychiatry as well as the Dementia Lead, Greater Manchester NIHR Clinical Research Network and Dementia Clinical Director, DeNDRoN North West, UK.

The session was attended by Alzheimer’s Pakistan members, doctors, caregivers and volunteers. During the session, Prof. Leroi described how different forms of Dementia affect persons with Dementia (PWD) and their care givers. She said that Dementia impacts different aspects of peoples’ lives including medical, functional, financial, social and psychological aspects. She also informed about different interventions, which may help PWD and their caregivers to cope up with the disease burden. Prof. Leroi also explained that aging is becoming a global issue and Pakistan will be no exception as its population is also aging due to the increasing average lifespan of the people. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop ageing and Dementia related services in the country.
Speaking at this occasion, Dr. Hussain Jafri, Secretary General, Alzheimer’s Pakistan thanked the distinguished speaker and provided an introduction to Alzheimer’s Pakistan and its services.

The presentations were followed by a questions & answers and discussion session.

 

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