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Sensitise Nigerians on managing dementia, expert urges FG

Mrs Kikelomo Edwards,  an Alzheimer  Disease International Ambassador for WHO, African Region,  has called on the Federal Government to sensitise Nigerians on effective ways  to manage  dementia.

Edwards told newsmen  on Saturday in Abuja that creating awareness on dementia would help to reduce the stigma attached to the condition.

Dementia is   a general term for a decline in mental ability and  severe enough to interfere with daily life.

According to her, the ailment  is associated with old age,  especially people between the ages of 65  and above.

“We have to be very vocal in raising awareness on dementia in our society.

“The stigma attached to dementia has  caused  so many people to mistreat their  loved ones because they believe that the person has  mental problem.

“It is also believed that the person suffering from the condition is a witch;  this is a myth that needs  to be corrected,” she said.

She, however,  said that the problems associated with  the condition could be addressed by educating affected families on best ways to communicate with persons with dementia.

Edwards, who assured affected families  that they were not alone in the fight, advised  them  to speak out in order to get help.

NAN


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