This week is Dementia Awareness Week. Dementia is one of the greatest health challenges facing Britain today, with around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, which is expected to rise to over a million by 2025.
The focus of the week is to encourage anyone who is worried about dementia to confront their worries by sharing them and addressing dementia directly.
There is lots of help online, including the Alzheimer’s Society dementia guide below, and a list of the most common questions on dementia answered, which can be found here: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents.php?categoryID=200450
Locally, we are fortunate that there is a fantastic network of support, for example the Memory Club at the Alzheimer’s Centre in Bletchingley, Singing for the Brain in Lingfield and a weekly drop-in at the Douglas Brunton Centre. If you would like more information on local services, or if you have any concerns, contact the Alzheimer’s society on 01883 740010, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year I became a Dementia Friend. This is an induction into the challenges faced by people living with dementia, and into understanding how we can play our part to support them. We can all make a difference to support people living with dementia, by becoming Dementia Friends and Champions, and I would strongly encourage getting involved. More information on how to do so can be found here: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/