Information night giving insight into dementia

Priceline Pharmacy Maryborough pharmacist Lauren Haworth is encouraging locals to attend a free information night on dementia next week.

With Maryborough being a “hot spot” for dementia, Priceline Pharmacy Maryborough is hosting a free information night next week to raise awareness about the condition.

Open to everyone, but aimed at those who work in the customer service and healthcare industries and family and friends of those with or at risk of dementia, Priceline pharmacist Lauren Haworth said the free information evening will help locals recognise the signs of dementia.

“Maryborough is quite a high risk area, mainly because the main risk factors of dementia are cardiovascular disease, smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol — all things that have a slightly higher prevalence than usual in Maryborough,” she said.

“The region is a well known hot spot for dementia.”

Hosted by Dementia Australia’s Lisa Pola, the information night will cover myths and facts of dementia, what locals can do if they are concerned, support services that are available, how a healthy brain works and what dementia is.

“The night will mainly talk about what dementia actually is, we wanted to help educate the community, because we are a hot spot, and generally speaking those who are diagnosed early have much better outcomes, so it’s really about prevention as well,” Ms Haworth said.

The information night, Dementia Explained, is taking place next Tuesday, February 19 from 6 pm at Priceline Pharmacy Maryborough. To RSVP, contact 5460-5999 or in person at the pharmacy.

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