With 850,000 people in the UK currently diagnosed with dementia, Numark is set to distribute resources to members on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The packs will comprise of 20 eight-page patient leaflets on Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, and 10 ‘postcards’ and a poster advertising the charity’s health information resources.

“Pharmacists and their staff should be alert to regular customers who may start to show the early signs of dementia as early diagnosis is important to enable patients to get the right help and treatment,” said Hilary Cunningham, a Numark information pharmacist.

“As the number of people diagnosed with dementia increases, there is a wider opportunity for pharmacists and their teams to provide professional healthcare support for these patients and their carers.”

Dementia Awareness Week is 15-21 May and is an “ideal time for pharmacies to review their understanding of the symptoms and how they can make their pharmacy more ‘dementia friendly’,” suggests Ms Cunningham.

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