The public are encouraged to seek information, advice and support about dementia, as well as get a diagnosis as early as possible, in order to be able to prepare, plan and adjust to dementia. The Minister of Health in a message in conjunction with the World Alzheimer's Month and World Alzheimer's Day said the official Hashtags of #KnowDementia and #KnowAlzheimers urged the public to be vocal and support the global awareness campaign. Therefore, it is important to increase awareness and understanding on dementia and eliminate misconceptions about the disease.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar highlighted for the community in the country to know information related to dementia. Know and understand the signs of dementia as well as talk about the symptoms of dementia with each other.
The Minister of Health also shared the 10 common signs linked to dementia such as Memory loss; Difficulty in performing familiar tasks; Problems with language; Disorientation in time and space; Impaired judgement; Losing the ability to retrace steps; Misplacing things; Changes in mood and behaviour; Spatial relationships AND Withdrawal from work or social activities.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has highlighted inadequacies in the provision of daily services and support for dementia patients. According to the Minister of Health, it is very important for dementia patients not to be socially excluded during the pandemic. Yang Berhormat also shared some tips for dementia patients and caregivers, namely Stay in touch using technology such as talking via phone or video call; Maintain normal daily activities as much as possible by taking into account preventive measures; Remind or assist in COVID-19 preventive hygiene measures such as wear face masks, wash hands frequently AND Get the COVID-19 vaccine injection immediately.
Source: Radio Television Brunei