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On April 22, 2016, a lay forum entitled A.W.A.R.E was organized to raise awareness on
dementia. Dementia is a collective term used to describe the problems that people with
various underlying brain disorders or damage can have with their memory, language
and thinking. Alzheimer's disease is the best known and most common disorder under
the umbrella of dementia. The said conference was held at Clinica Manila megamall,
attended primarily by elderly people. It was hosted by Daniel Lao, a medical
representative by profession. The speaker was Dr. Maurice Sanosa, a board member of
the Dementia Society of Philippines and the Philippine Society of Geriatrics and
Gerontology, and is also a member of the American Society of Geriatric Medicine.
Geriatrics is the branch of medicine dealing with the health and care of old people.
The discussion was based on providing a greater understanding of how we can actually
create a society where every person with dementia, and their careers and families,
receive high quality and compassionate care. This includes sharing awareness on
dementia’s signs, symptoms, types, and treatment. Since the more you understand
about dementia, the more you can do to improve your outcome and preserve your
sense of control.

Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss about the topic, as well as
sharing their own stories and experiences with the contributing to wider thinking about
dementia. Aside from the dissemination of vital information, the forum also gave free
memory screening for all the attendees.
A consultation with a trained medical professional would help in determining whether
forgetfulness is brought about by dementia or some other correctible medical condition
like hormonal and electrolyte imbalance.
Take care of all your memories, for you cannot relive them.
So don’t FORGET to visit your doctor today!

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