A NEW joint approach will see additional support made available for people who have been diagnosed with memory loss.

Bury’s Memory Loss Support Services will help patients recently diagnosed with a memory loss condition known as mild cognitive impairment.

It is estimated that one third of people over 65 may have the condition, which causes minor problems with cognition — mental abilities such as memory or thinking. However the symptoms will differ from person to person; the impairment could mean an individual is unable to find the words, remember certain objects, or use some of their skills.

The new support services will help those diagnosed with a memory loss condition to understand what it means and offer tools to reduce their risk of developing dementia.

Nigget Saleem, Clinical Lead for Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia at NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "If you have concerns about a friend or family member, see your GP in the first instance for a memory loss assessment. Your GP will ensure that they are referred to the appropriate services if needed, so that they and their family can get the right support.

"Identifying people early and helping them to adapt their lifestyle and address things like smoking, alcohol, blood pressure and adapting exercises to promote brain activitymeans their risk of developing dementia is reduced.

"The Memory Loss Support Services can offer guidance on dealing with any anxiety or uncertainty over what the future may hold."

Following diagnosis, an individual can self-refer to Bury Live Well Service, BEATS exercise referral scheme, social prescribing schemes, dementia advisor service and Gaddum – Bury carers service, to access information, guidance and advice.

Services will include free and confidential guidance in relation to health and lifestyle advice, counselling and emotional support, financial and benefits advice, and opportunities to meet other people affected by memory loss.