It's Seniors Week, and Launceston's own Dr George Razay is once again providing knowledge and hope to those suffering with dementia.
As part of the City of Launceston's "Celebrating Seniors: Tea & Dementia Talks", Dr Razay - who acts as Director of Launceston's Dementia Research Centre - will be talking to the community about a little-known but treatable form of dementia called normal pressure hydrocephalus.
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Previously thought to only account for a small fraction of dementia cases, normal pressure hydrocephalus has been shown through Dr Razay's own research to account for at least 15 per cent of study participants struggling with memory problems.
With this research in hand, Dr Razay believes there is more hope than ever for people with dementia.
"There's a misconception that dementia is an inevitable consequence of ageing, and many people think, well, there isn't much we can do," he said. But according to Dr Razay, there are treatment options for those suffering from NPH, and people should seek out help as early as possible.
"If you have memory problems, or even if you have balance problems as well, seek early assessment - go to your GP and refer them to our clinic here," he said.
For Northern Suburbs Community Centre general manager Trish O'Duff the public sessions with Dr Razay are also an opportunity for people to come together.
"I can be social and it can be fun. So, if you come to a centre, you can meet other people that are on that same journey as you," she said.
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After Monday's successful sessions at Mowbry and Newnham, Dr Razay will be speaking at Starting Point Neighborhood House in Ravenwood and Lilydale's Senior Citizens' Club and Community Hall at 10am on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
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