A TV show is today set to focus on a community organiser who helps others recognise the signs of dementia.
Najeeda Asghar, who works for the Well Women’s Centre in Agbrigg and Belle Vue and has expertise helping South Asian families, is to feature on British Muslim TV’s Sisters’ Hour.
The mum-of-three, 44, and Jill O’Connell, from the Alzheimer’s Society in Wakefield, have already filmed their segment for the satellite TV show.
Mrs Asghar, 44, said: “I was really nervous. I clammed up at the beginning but I was alright afterwards. They wanted personal stories about my dad because he suffered with dementia.”
The magazine-style programme, which is on channel 845 on Sky, is due to air today between 5pm and 6pm.
It is a channel, which serves both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities, and has been broadcasting since June and has a city centre studio on Wood Street.
Programme makers contacted Mrs Asghar to discuss the ways in which dementia can affect the carers and relatives of sufferers. Mrs Asghar’s late dad, Ghulam Ahmed, battled the condition.
His daughter now helps support the Alzheimer’s Society’s IPSAF programme (Information Programme for South Asian Families).
The programme helps carers and family members understand dementia and how to cope with it. Mrs Asghar described it as a brilliant programme and wished it had been available when she was caring for her dad.
She said it was important to recognise the signs of dementia.
Mrs Asghar said: “They don’t need to have a diagnosis to come along. If you think someone is not behaving like they usually do or have memory loss, or feel a bit isolated, or feel something is wrong then come along.
“It’s a very useful course for people living in extended families with elderly relatives.
“But it isn’t just about the elderly. There are younger people with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society has got someone registered aged 39. Dementia doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to anyone.”
She said anyone with concerns should visit their GP and ring the Alzheimer’s Society.
If you would like to speak to Najeeda Asghar about the issues raised in this story or about the course she supports then please call 07763496959.
Alternatively contact the Alzheimer’s Society on 01924 373264
The British Muslim TV show featuring Mrs Asghar is set to be aired today between 5pm and 6pm. It is on channel 845 on the Sky platform.