Dementia Awareness Week 17th - 23rd May 2015
In 2015 there will be 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025.
Dementia is not a disease, but an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms which are caused by certain diseases that affect the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a progressive disease which means the symptoms will slowly get worse over time. Having a diagnosis of dementia can be a shock and is often a worrying and upsetting time. However, you can get support and there are things you can do to help make life more enjoyable both now and in the future.
Dementia Awareness Week, will take place from 17th to 23rd May. The event is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, a UK charity which provides support and research to those affected by dementia. The event aims to raise awareness and break down the stigma; there’s more to the person than dementia. By raising awareness, it is hoped that more people can identify the signs and symptoms leading to early diagnosis and time to come to terms with the future outlook.
Locally, the Alzheimer’s Society provide support to people living with dementia and their families through dementia information sessions, memory cafes, singing for the brain and much more. Healthwatch North Lincolnshire will be supporting Dementia Awareness Week taking part in national social media campaigns on Facebook and Twitter.
In 2014 Healthwatch supported the national Dementia Friends initiative training twelve volunteers as Dementia Friends. HWNL volunteer Mick Wilson (pictured left) is passionate about improving care in the community for the elderly and has an interest in dementia care:
“It’s really important that we raise awareness of dementia locally and support people to live well with dementia. As a Healthwatch volunteer, I am passionate about making a difference and influencing the way dementia care is delivered in our community. There are lots of ways you can support the Alzheimer’s Society during Dementia Awareness Week, online through social media, attending a local event or raising awareness of dementia with friends and family.”
If you would like to get involved in Dementia Awareness Week visit www.alzheimers.org.uk