Women group seeks support for Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers
President and convener of Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN), Iyom Josephine Anenih, has called for social support for patients suffering Alzheimer diseases and their caregivers, saying the burden of care giving takes a huge toll on the health and well being of caregivers.
Anenih who canvassed for various advocacy groups to be set up to seek for government intervention and allocation of resources to assist sufferers and caregivers said it has become imperative to create awareness on Alzheimer that is fast ravaging the young and old in the country.
Alzheimer’s is a form a dementia among other dementias like Parkinson’s disease and Lewey Body Dementia. It affects speech of the sufferer that the patient may find it difficult and even struggle to remember common words. Ordinary forgetfulness which is termed ‘senior moments’ is quite different from Alzheimer’s.” Anenih said.
Anenih while speaking yesterday at a one day stakeholders roundtable organized by the Women Foundation of Nigeria in Benin City, the Edo State capital with the theme:” The end of Alzheimer’s starts with me”, said the aim of the roundtable meeting is to create awareness on the dreaded disease, which she noted affects both the young and the old.
“Before now Alzheimer’s was diagnosed as senile dementia and it was thought that it affected only old people, therefore a disease for old people. It has now been found that Alzheimer’s does not discriminate as it can affect people as young as thirty years old. It has been worthy of note that ‘any body who has a brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s dementia’.”
Expressing concern for early diagnosis of the disease, Anenih said there are warning signs, which should never be ignored, adding that Alzheimer’s treatment will work better in the early stages when detected early.
She added that some of the symptoms of Alzheimer,s include memory and speech loss, noting that sufferers usually have problem remembering things in the present as well as Long term memory which may remain intact but they may forget conversations they just had or repeat questions answered earlier unknowingly.