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For your information Parking to pest control, housing to hate crime turn to pages 14 & 15 Useful information Dementia mainly affects over-65s Being mindful of dementia News from Public Health Tower Hamlets IN a joint effort to continue increasing awareness of dementia, Alzheimer’s Society Tower Hamlets, Muslim Aid, the council and partners from the East London Mosque hosted a training session last week for around 70 volunteers. The volunteers, who provide vital support to elderly residents attending prayer at the East London Mosque, were trained to identify the early signs and symptoms of dementia so they can provide brief advice and signpost to appropriate services. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problemsolving or language. With an ageing population, it is predicted that dementia is set to become one of the biggest health and social care challenges of the future. The Alzheimer’s Society has predicted that by 2021, there will be close to one million people with dementia in the UK. It is estimated there are around 1,140 people living in Tower Hamlets with dementia, with many cases undiagnosed. Bill Gibbons, services manager at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “People from minority communities are under-represented in terms of diagnosis rates but we, along with East London Mosque and East London NHS Foundation Trust, have been working closely to address this.” Dementia mainly affects older people, as after 65 the likelihood of developing dementia roughly doubles every five years. There is no cure for dementia, however, there are some simple lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce your risk and the impact of dementia. Strong evidence from a largescale study in Wales of 2,235 men over a 35-year period identified five health behaviours that were key in reducing the risk of dementia. They were: taking regular exercise, not smoking, being of a low bodyweight, having a healthy diet and a low alcohol intake. The people who consistently followed four or five of these behaviours experienced a 60 per cent decline in dementia – with exercise having the strongest effect. Somen Banerjee, director of Public Health Tower Hamlets, said: “This study shows how healthy behaviours can positively influence the outcome of one’s health over time. Physical fitness can go a long way as a healthy body contributes to a healthy mind.” For further information and support on dementia visit www.alzheimers.org.uk For a timetable of healthy activities and contact details for your local health trainer visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/ gethealthy Five ways to reduce dementia risk Evidence identifies five health behaviours that are key in reducing the risk of dementia – taking regular exercise, not smoking, being of low bodyweight, having a healthy diet and a low alcohol intake. see below Chemist rota Pharmacists in Tower Hamlets with extended opening hours. E1 ABC Drug Stores, 12-14 Montague Street: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-2.30pm. Beck & Sherman, 197 Whitechapel Road: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm, bank holidays 11am-1pm. Sainsbury’s, The Albion Brewery: Mon-Fri 8.30am- 10pm, Sat 7.30am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Chapel, 139 Cannon Street: Mon- Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm. E2 Fairdale, 360 Bethnal Green Road: Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-6.30pm, Thurs 9am-1pm, Sat 9am-6pm, bank holidays 11am-2pm. Florida, 307 Bethnal Green Road: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, bank holidays 11am-2pm. E3 Bell, 534 Roman Road: Mon-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 10am-2pm. Forward, 648 Mile End Road: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am- 6pm, Sun and bank holidays 10am-6pm. Green Light, St Andrew’s Health Centre, 2 Hannaford Walk: 8am-8pm, seven days a week, including bank holidays. Lincoln, 60 St Paul’s Way: Mon, Tues, Weds 8am-8pm, Thurs, Fri, 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm. Tesco, Hancock Road: Mon 8am-10.30pm, Tues-Fri 6.30am-10.30pm, Sat 6.30am- 10pm, Sun 11am-4pm. E14 Boots, Unit 15, Jubilee Place: Mon-Fri 7am-midnight, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. Britannia (Perimart), Asda Precinct, East Ferry Road: Mon- Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-4pm, bank holidays 11am-6pm. Doctors Please ring your doctor’s surgery for an appointment, but if it’s the weekend or late at night, call 7377 7151 (only for people in Tower Hamlets who are registered with a doctor). To find a doctor, dentist or help to quit smoking call the health hotline on 7364 5016, Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat 8am-4pm. Advice East London Parkinson’s Support Group For people with Parkinson’s disease and their carers. Meets third Tuesday each month, 11am at John Scurr Community Centre, 1A Bekesbourne St, E14. 0844 225 3704/0808 800 0303 Family Information Service (FIS) Information for people from birth to age 19 (or 25 for those with additional needs) including helping to find childcare, advice on tax credits and childcare vouchers. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, Poplar, E14 fis@towerhamlets.gov.uk 7364 6495 Alzheimer’s Society Tower Hamlets Advice and help for carers and people with dementia. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Robinson Centre, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road, E1. 8121 5626 Tower Hamlets Advocacy Project Independent advocates for adults with learning disabilities. Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4.30pm. Gladstone Place, 1 Ewart Place, E3. 7364 2550/2199 Parents Advice Centre (PAC) Offers advice around special educational needs (SEN). 30 Greatorex Street, E1. Drop-in sessions every Tues, 9.30am- 3.30pm & Fri, 9:30am-1pm. 7364 6489 LinkAge Plus An initiative of the Department for Work and Pensions. Toynbee Hall is one of five centres that coordinates services and activities provided. Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm, dropin session for advice on benefits, pensions, employment and housing. Appointments necessary. Mon 9am-5pm, Bangladeshi group. Toynbee Hall, Commercial Street, E1 7392 2914 www.toynbeehall.org.uk Free Advice Benefits, housing, immigration. Bengali speakers, home visits to house-bound. Weds, 10.30am- 12.30pm, Island House, Roserton Street, E14. Thurs, 1-3pm, Splash, Will Crooks Estate, Poplar High Street, E14. 7987 9379 Skillsmatch Free advice on all aspects of employment including training, apprenticeships and job vacancies. Canary Wharf Recruitment & Training Centre, 8 Heron Quays, E14. 7364 3727 or email skillsmatch @towerhamlets.gov.uk Tower Hamlets National Childbirth Trust Offers support, information and friendship to parents. 07976 710964 or towerhamletsnct@yahoo.com www.nct.org.uk Breastfeeding Support Centres Mon 11am-1pm Wapping Children’s Centre, 15 Chandler St, E1.Weds 12.30-2.30pm, Collingwood Children’s Centre, Buckhurst St, E1. Fri 12.30- 2.30pm, Overland Children’s Centre, 60 Parnell Rd, E3. Sun 2-4pm Barkantine Birth Centre, 121 Westferry Rd, E14. 3594 2591 or 07961 609 626 Families with Autism Spark Centre, Smart Street, E2. 8981 4924 fwautism@btinternet.com Free home fire safety advice From the London Fire Brigade 08000 28 44 28 Careers advice Tower Hamlets Careers Service Careers advice for ages 13-19 (up to 25 SEN). Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm. Appointments available. Careers Centre, 35 Bow Road, E3. 7364 1401 TH Lifelong Learning Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm. Shadwell Centre, 455 The Highway, E1. Careers advice Support from Civic Enterprise Clubs Co-operative. Tues & Thurs, 1-4pm & 6-9pm Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2. 07432 463343 Photo order form Copies of pictures published in East End Life taken by council photographers are available to readers. To request a copy, email eastendlife.news@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we can send it straight away. If you do not have access to email fill in this form and send it to Photos, East End Life, Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, Poplar, E14 2BG. This service does take longer. Name Address Issue no. Page no. 8 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 27 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2014


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