Dementia Action Week, previously known as Dementia Awareness Week, takes place between 21-27 May and gives us all the opportunity to discuss dementia and get active. No matter how small, the actions you take can make a difference in the lives of individuals affected by the condition. Here’s what the 2018 Dementia Action Week is all about and how you can participate this year.
According to Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with another person developing the condition every three minutes. It’s crucial that dementia becomes a public health priority and as a society, we need to take actions to be more inclusive to the growing dementia population to improve their well-being and care. Dementia Action Week encourages everyone to unite and make a difference in the everyday lives of people with dementia.
Organisations and individuals throughout the UK are holding awareness-raising events during Dementia Action Week. These include stands, speakers and workshops that shine a light on dementia and how people can live well despite a dementia diagnosis. You’ll find hospitals setting up “Action Trees”, where visitors can post their ideas for dementia acts. There are also fun activities – the Savoy Cinema in Boston, for example, is holding a dementia-friendly sing-a-long film screening of The Greatest Showman. Check out this page to find events near you.
Alzheimer’s Society makes it easy to run your own event. Order their free awareness-raising material, which includes posters, flyers and booklets, or create a custom poster for your event using their poster maker tool. Not sure what to do? Try hosting a Challenge Dementia quiz – get a group of friends together and run Alzheimer’s Society’s action-packed quiz.
Raise funds for dementia research by volunteering at events, taking on a race, or organising your own fundraiser. You can also contact dementia charities to request collection boxes for your workplace to help fund dementia research.
No matter how small, every donation makes a difference. Find a charity that supports people with dementia and dementia research, and support them if you can. You can donate in someone’s memory, or if you’re thinking of donating a gift to your chosen charity in your will, Romain Coleman’s Will services can help you.
Your experiences can change attitudes. If you’re living with dementia or caring for a loved one with dementia, there are many ways you can share your stories, any good advice you’ve received or tips you’d like to give. Use the hashtag #DementiaActionWeek on social media or write to charities that feature stories in their newspapers, websites and social media. Contact Alzheimer’s Society and BRACE, for example, to have your voice heard.
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Part of the Eldermera network, Romain Coleman can provide you with the legal assistance you need to be prepared for your long-term care. We also offer support to families who have loved ones going through dementia. We can handle all the legal arrangements and complex paperwork necessary to ensure that you remain stress-free, so you can focus your time on the things that matter.
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