Dementia Awareness Week 2015 Background

The Background to Dementia Awareness Week 2015

Alzheimer’s Society flagship awareness raising campaign, begins again on Sunday 17th May-Saturday 23rd May 2015.

The theme is ‘Life doesn’t end when dementia begins’ and the campaign is designed to help people understand how they can hold on to their lives and the things they love for longer as well as helping local communities feel better prepared to manage dementia.

 
As the population ages we all face the risk of one day developing dementia or being affected by it in some way. It is however possible to live well with this disease, and those who have been affected by dementia have said that the most important thing is to be met with awareness and understanding.


In the New Forest there are 3,600 (2012) people living with dementia, this number is set to rise to 4,400, by 2020 new cases in the New Forest will increase by 43.2%


The Alzheimer’s Society is working closely with local dementia action groups, who are co-ordinating local businesses and organisations around local residents affected by dementia. Events such as those set out over these pages are generally co-ordinated and managed by local volunteers who can help signpost local services and promote local events.


Jane Rowlatt, Dementia Support Manager for Alzheimers Society said:


‘Dementia has replaced cancer as the health condition people fear most. It is therefore no surprise that many people feel confused or even ashamed to talk about it. We all bury our heads in the sand from time to time but it is important to seek help. The sooner you know what you’re dealing with, the sooner you can get on with your life and feel in control again. Dementia Awareness Week is a great opportunity to find out more about how Alzheimer's Society can help you.’


Another key message being promoted across Hampshire is that you must not ignore dementia if you are worried in any way. Visiting your GP, discussing your concerns and getting a diagnosis is a positive step. First of all, it allows you to take control of the situation rather than letting it control you. And it unlocks the door to legal, social and practical support, which will help you and your loved ones to live well, for longer.


The good news is, there are people to help you with every aspect of coping with dementia. You don’t need to feel alone; there is support and help on hand.


Tim Wookey, Chairman of the Lymington Dementia Action Group says, ‘In the New Forest area, more and more local dementia action groups are springing up, to help their communities live better with dementia. This seems to be because people who have been affected by the disease are keen to help others and also because local groups are gathering tremendous support from the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and their GPs, District, Town and County Councils and local businesses. It’s all very encouraging’


What is happening this Dementia Awareness Week?


A team of Staff and Volunteers from Alzheimer’s Society and various local dementia action groups including Milford on Sea, Ringwood and Bransgore and Lymington Dementia Action Group will be working together throughout South Hampshire to make Dementia Awareness Week really count. We are organising events to raise awareness throughout the week. 

Click this link for detaiils of what's happening during the week

Events and Activities Dementia Awareness Week Lymington 2015

How WE can help – Through our Dementia Advice Service

We are a consistent point of contact and support from when you first receive a diagnosis and throughout your journey living with dementia.

WE will
• Listen to you and answer your questions.
• Help you to identify what information you need and how to find it.
• Provide you with tailored information to help you live your life to the full.
• Help you to access the services you need.
• Support you to plan for the future.
• Guide you to our Dementia Support Workers who are professional, fully trained and experienced staff offering individualised one to one information and support.
• Signpost you to Support Groups, Activity Groups, Music Groups, Art Groups, Remembering Sport and Dementia Cafes.
Contact Vicky Growcott Dementia Adviser on 01590 644679 0r This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How YOU can help -
• By becoming a Dementia Friend.
The Dementia Friends initiative led by Alzheimer’s Society is about giving more people an understanding of dementia and the small things that could make a difference to people living in their community. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend by attending an information session. To find out more visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk or contact your local dementia action group
• By Volunteering – together we can achieve great things for people living with dementia. Most dementia action groups are looking for more people to help in a variety of ways
• By becoming a Befriender –
People with dementia can sometimes feel lonely and isolated. The Befriending Scheme puts people living with dementia in touch with trained volunteers.

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