Over 800,000 people in the UK are living with dementia and over 3,000 of those are in the Harrogate district. Forecast to exceed 1.7 million by 2050, understanding how to support those with the condition is vital.
Dementia Awareness Week turned into Dementia Action Week this year with the emphasis on making a difference by taking action, big or small.
Whilst raising awareness for any cause is vital, for 2018 more focus is being put on implementing change on how people in the community respond and integrate to those living with dementia.
The team at Home Instead took the opportunity to talk to Beth Parsons from Stray FM Radio to share our plans for Dementia Action Week and our community commitment. As Dementia Friend Champions we offered free training sessions for the public on the best ways to support those with dementia, warning signs to look out for and some simple care solutions.
At our memory cafe in Thirsk which offers a variety of activities, we focused on the Home Instead network initiative of ‘Songs to Remember’ and the group enjoyed singing along to songs from the past especially ‘Bring me Sunshine’ by Morecombe and Wise, the number one song which was voted for by the network .The Alzheimer’s Society also attended this session to offer advice and information to family carers and Home Instead ran a Dementia Friends session for the family carers.
We also supported the Ripon Rotary Bike Ride formerly the Acorn Bike Ride, the 2018 100k cycle ride took place on Saturday 12th May, with Home Instead sponsoring the event and providing a water, juice and banana stop to boost the energy of those taking part who were raising money for Dementia Forward and Scleroderma Research. The team at Home Instead rose early on the day and worked hard manning this stop and making the event such a success.
Raising over £38,000 last year, the 2018 total is expected to be similar with over 400 riders taking part.
To hear the interview with Stray FM Radio click below: