Lots of small actions together collectively make a huge difference
In the UK, every three minutes someone develops dementia and by 2025 over one million people are predicted to have dementia in the UK. However the condition continues to be shrouded with fear and stigma, meaning that those who need our support and help the most are often the last to receive it. Raising awareness and offering support are the first steps. But it is only when we all collectively take action, no matter how small that action may be, that true progress can happen in our community.
That’s why, last week for Dementia Action Week, people and communities were asked to unite and take actions to make a difference to the everyday lives of people living with dementia. It could have been as simple as being more patient in queues, thinking differently about dementia or booking a free hour dementia friends information session for you, your friends or even your workplace.
Jenny Warren, from Home Instead Senior Care, is passionate about creating and developing Dementia Inclusive Communities, which are not only aware of what dementia is but also actively engage and support those living with dementia and their families.
The first step is encouraging individuals to become Dementia Friends and sharing the five key messages which are:
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing – not everyone who grows old will develop dementia and not everyone who develops dementia is old
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain – there are over 100 different types of Dementia
Dementia is not just about short-term memory loss - any part of the brain can be affected such as communication, reasoning, vision, motor skills
It is possible to live well with dementia – living well will mean different things to different people, but people living with dementia may still be able to work, go on holiday and have relationships
There’s is more to the person that the dementia – as with any other disease, we do not define the person by their condition. Positive interaction promotes feelings of self-worth, happiness and being valued.
Just by reading this article will, hopefully, change your attitude in some small way, but don’t let it stop there, contact Jenny to find out more about arranging your own Dementia Information Session, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastshropshire for more information.