Dementia Awareness Week 18th to 24th May 2015April 24, 2015 // No Comments
Supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Awareness Week will run from 18th to 24th May.
In 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025. The Alzheimer’s Society fights to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and to provide support and services to better enable people to live well with the condition.
Dementia is not a disease. Dementia is a term given to a group of symptoms from certain diseases which affect the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. A diagnosis of dementia is often devastating to the person concerned. The symptoms of dementia are progressive and on an unknown time scale. It could be months or many years before the symptoms become advanced. On a positive note, many people with dementia can live full lives with little or no assistance. Living in the present, doing the fun things now which were planned for later in life, is a strategy which helps some people cope with this condition.
During Dementia Awareness Week, people are encouraged to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Society through various fundraising activities. Money raised during Dementia Awareness Week goes a long way to support people with dementia and their families. Support can take the form of information, practical advice, emotional support through the society’s Dementia Advisors, or through visits by an experienced dementia support worker.
To find out more, visit The Alzheimer’s Society website.