The Kamra ta’ l-Ispizjara ta’ Malta is holding its next Continuing Professional Development (CPD) dialogue meeting on Monday 13th June entitled ”Dementia – What we need to Know” at the Professional Centre, 127, Sliema Road, Gzira at 7.30pm. Guest Speaker is Dr. Charles Scerri PhD, Secretary, Malta Dementia Society and Lecturer at the Department of Pathology, University of Malta. The session will be chaired by Kamra President Ms. Mary Ann Sant Fournier.
During his keynote presentation Dr. C. Scerri will present the aims and objectives of the Malta Dementia Society putting into perspective the local epidemiological data and needs of society and how pharmacists as health care professionals can help persons with dementia as well as their relatives and carers through providing useful information and advice.
Dementia is a term used to describe a group of brain diseases which result in the progressive impairment of brain function. Symptoms may include loss of memory, confusion, language difficulties, difficulties performing routine tasks and personality or mood changes. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 50-60% of cases.
In Malta, it is estimated that there are currently more than 4,300 people with dementia. As people live longer nowadays, the number of people with dementia is expected to double over the next twenty years.
There is currently no cure for dementia. As the disease progresses, those affected are unable to care for themselves and will require assistance in activities of daily life. Drug treatments are now available to treat some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Much can be done to help the person with dementia to enjoy and get the most of their life. Carers and relatives of persons with dementia need to be well informed about the condition and helped to learn new skills to be able to succeed in their important mission.
The Malta Dementia Society is a non-governmental and a non-profitable organisation for persons with dementia, their carers, families and friends. The society also brings together healthcare professionals and interested persons to increase the knowledge of dementia and its care.
Further details on the prevalence of dementia in the Maltese Islands can be found in this Maltese Medical Journal – Dementia in The Maltese Islands 2007 article.
Learn more about the Malta Dementia Society on www.maltadementiasociety.org.mt