Dementia is a very common condition, which currently affects about 800,000 people in the UK. The risk of developing dementia does increase as you get older, and the condition is most prevalent in people over the age of 65. Research complete by The Alzheimer’s Society shows that one in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, with over two-thirds of dementia sufferers being women.
Dementia is the term used to cover a group of symptoms which are associated with a decline of the brain and its abilities. This includes problems such as: memory loss, thinking speed, mental agility, language, understanding and judgement. If a family member of yours is suffering with Dementia, you may find that they become uninterested in the activities that they usually love, and they may start to lose control over their emotions easily. This can sometimes lead to other aspects of their character changing, which may affect their enjoyment of social situations. Personality aspects which may change include: the loss of compassion & understanding, they may start to see & hear things that other people can’t, and therefore they may start to make false statements.
As Dementia affects people’s mental abilities, they will start to find planning and organising their lives difficult – which can make maintaining their independence more difficult. Therefore, a person who is suffering from Dementia will need more help from friends and relatives, including help with decision making.
The Alzheimer’s Society know all too well how isolating & frightening a diagnosis of Dementia can be, and so they have recently launched their “Dementia Friends” initiative. This is aimed at giving people a thorough understanding of what it is, and what they can do to help people in their family and community who may be suffering from it. It has been shown that it can make a huge difference to people who have been diagnosed with Dementia, if those around them know what Dementia is, and how it might affect them.
As part of their ongoing commitment to being the best Home Care Provider in the UK, Home Instead Stockport has recently completed The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends Champion Training – and are now rolling this out to all their carers and also members of the general public. Dementia Friend Champions attend training courses, and receive ongoing support, and volunteer to talk to people within their community about what being a Dementia Friend involves. When people sign up to become a Dementia Friend, they undertake some training to discover what it is like to live with Dementia, and how they can turn that training into action – for example, by helping someone find the right bus or being patient if you are behind someone in a supermarket queue who is taking longer to pay than normal due to suffering from Dementia.
Home Instead Stockport have got behind this initiative, because it is about spreading the understanding of Dementia throughout the UK, so that everyone can begin to recognise symptoms of Dementia –and help people that they come across who are living with it. It is perhaps best summed up by the line: “People with Dementia can get by with a little help from their friends.”
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