Dementia Awareness Week

This week, between 16th-22nd May is Alzheimer’s biggest and longest running awareness campaign - Dementia Action Week.


The Theme this year is diagnoses. It was chosen after the Alzheimer's Society saw a sustained fall in the number of people being diagnoses with Dementia for the first time.


Alzheimer's Society is running this to encourage people and organisations in the UK to “Act on Dementia”.


According to the Alzheimer’s Society, back in 2021, 900,000 people in the UK had Dementia. Dementia is the umbrella term for loss of memory and other thinking abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. Some examples include Alzheimer's, Vascular, Lewy Body and Frontotemporal.


No two people with dementia are the same.


Some signs and symptoms include:


  • Problems with short-term memory

  • Keeping track of purse or wallet

  • Paying bills

  • Planning and preparing meals

  • Remembering appointments

  • Travelling out of the neighbourhood


What will be happening during Dementia Action Week? For those who think they or a loved one is struggling with signs of Dementia, Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging:


  • Practical information on what next steps to take

  • What to expect during and after the diagnosis process

  • What support Alzheimer’s society can offer throughout


If you are worried that yourself or a loved one is struggling with any signs or symptoms of Dementia, please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk, where they can provide information surrounding Dementia, offer support and more.


You don’t have to struggle alone and you can get the right support for you.

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