A show aimed at the issue of dementia will help baby-boomers to care for their elderly parents. But a large number of sufferers do not have such support
Only about 1% of 65-year-olds have a form of dementia, compared with nearly half of those aged 85. This show is aimed the baby-boomer generation who find themselves faced with caring for increasingly frail and failing parents in their late seventies, eighties and nineties.
However, many older people with dementia do not have family support. A study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society and published last week found that one third of those with dementia – almost 250,000 people are living alone. Of those, 29% see family or friends once a week and a further 23% can expect just one weekly phone call from their nearest and dearest.
Almost two thirds described themselves as being lonely. The study also calls on NHS and social care services to do more to enable people with dementia to retain their independence; it adds that communities and families need to do more to stop elderly people becoming isolated and afraid. A third of people reported friends avoiding them after they received a diagnosis.
The Alzheimer’s Show, brings together experts, carers and people living with dementia and its related illnesses under one roof.
There will be discussions, debates, presentations, case studies and demonstrations, but most of all, the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others experiences.
There are positive solutions that can make living with dementia a positive experience for all.
The Alzheimer’s Show was born from an urgent need to recognise and support the growing numbers of people in the UK whose lives are affected by dementia. It is the UK’s only national exhibition, conference and meet-up dedicated to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, their carers and families as well as professionals dealing with dementia on a daily basis.
The event will take place across 19 and 20 April 2013 at The Royal Horticultural Halls, London and will offer visitors immediate access to in-depth conference sessions, practical workshops, one-to-one professional consultations and over 40 suppliers of products and services including residential and home care, telecare, legal advice, financial advice and assistive technology
For times when friends and family are unable to be with or support a loved one with dementia, Home Instead Senior Care can help; we provide a service that is tailored to the needs of individual clients ranging from simple tasks such as helping someone with their shopping to more complex care packages and respite care.
For more information please call 0191 374 4041 and have a chat with Trudi or Annette.