Europia is Starting a Conversation About Dementia amongst Polish and Lithuanian communities in the UK, to raise awareness about the illness, and help people access available support. Working with the Department for Health and Social Care and the Race Equality Foundation, Europia has identified that Polish and Lithuanian communities in the UK are getting less access to existing support and social care due to lack of understanding about dementia.
As part of this project, we have been working with trusted professionals to produce video recordings of highly recommended interviews about dementia, in addition to animated information videos. Both of these video series can be watched in English, Lithuanian or Polish and are available to watch and share on Europia’s YouTube here. The interviews explore how caring for someone with dementia has changed peoples lives, whilst the animations provide information about what dementia is and how you can reduce your risk of developing it.
Contact details: For more information, to volunteer as a telephone befriender and to share your experiences to start a conversation about dementia, please contact Europia now.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0161 541 2686
If action is taken early, then the symptoms can be managed and potentially delayed or if it’s not genetically inherited it can possibly be prevented. This can help improve the quality of life for someone living with dementia and those caring for them on a mental, physical and financial level.
Interviews with Polish and Lithuanian Community Members about Dementia
Europia has been working with trust professionals to produce video recordings of highly recommended interviews about dementia. There are five 15-20 minute interviews with Polish and Lithuanian community members about how their lives have been affected by caring for someone living with dementia. All interviews in Polish and Lithuanian are available to view and share on Europia’s YouTube here.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a syndrome that affects your memory, thinking, comprehension, language and judgement. It is very common with more than 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia.
People can often be unclear about the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a set of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases that affect the brain cause these symptoms. Dementia can also be caused by other medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Dementia is not just a natural part of ageing. It can affect younger people too. One in five people can be affected by dementia at some stage of life.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Dementia?
Dementia affects each person differently as it can impact people both physically and emotionally. Here are some of the key signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for:
What to do if you or someone you know might be showing signs of dementia?
When someone develops signs of dementia, their family, friends and carers often do not know what to do or where to go for support. As the symptoms of dementia worsen it can become increasingly upsetting for everyone. The person who is living with dementia may become more confused, and their friends and relatives may feel like they are gradually losing someone they love.
If you are or know of a person who is Polish or Lithuanian and worried about memory loss, or think you may have dementia, then please go to see a GP (your local doctor).
If you’re worried about someone who is Polish or Lithuanian experiencing memory problems, please encourage them to make an appointment with a GP and perhaps suggest that you go with them.
How can I reduce the risk of developing dementia?
As dementia can be brought on by other medical conditions, you can make some simple changes to your lifestyle to reduce the risk of dementia. Here are some key ways to prevent dementia:
Europia works to serve all EU communities. This particular project has been funded specifically to work with Polish and Lithuanian communities. If you are Polish or Lithuanian and think you are living with dementia or know or care for a Polish or Lithuanian person with the signs of the illness or simply want to know more, please contact email@example.com or call Europia on 0161 541 2686.
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Europia is a Registered Charity (No. 1161453) and is working in partnership with the Department for Health and Social Care and the Race Equality Foundation. This project is currently funded until end October 2020.