Home Instead Greenwich & Bexley completed a four day Dementia Awareness campaign during the Dementia Awareness week 2017. Our stall was strategically placed at a very busy place at Bexleyheath Shopping Centre, where majority of passers-by are over 65 of age. During the campaigned we interacted with over 300 people of all ages and raised awareness of Dementia.
There is a myth about Dementias, many people think that Dementia is a normal sign of ageing and they tend to ignore older people with dementia rather than understanding the condition and learning how they be best supported. Dementia is a syndrome that can be caused by a number of progressive disorders that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. There are 35.6 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and 750,000 people in the UK are affected by this disease.
At our Dementia Awareness Campaign, families and carers engaged with us and learned the techniques to deal with Dementia and also signed-up for our Family Education workshop about dementia; we also handed out few copies of our Confidence to Care Book.
Our Director Fatta Thapa said that the campaign was very successful as many people benefited from this. We also managed to attract quite a few caring and compassionate people in the process who can be very good CAREGiver at Home Instead.