dementia awareness week

#DoSomethingNew – It’s Dementia Awareness Week!

This week (17th-21st May) is Dementia Awareness Week, a week to raise awareness and understanding around the disease, and remind dementia sufferers and their families that life does not end with diagnosis. It’s never too late to #DoSomethingNew!

 

“we believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins, and that having dementia doesn’t mean stopping doing the things you love and trying new things”

Alzheimers Society

 

There are over 100 types of dementia, but the term is generally used to describe a set of symptoms that include memory loss and difficulties with language, problem-solving and general thought-processes. It also affects the way people speak, feel and behave. Dementia is a progressive and degenerative condition caused by brain-damaging diseases like Alzheimer’s or stroke. It is not just a part of the ageing process, despite being most common in people over 65.

 


#DoSomethingNew

 

A Dementia diagnosis can be worrying and upsetting, and it’s common for sufferers to feel like their life is over. It comes as a shock, both to the patient and their family and friends. It’s important to realise though, that there is a lot of support out there to make life easier, and especially that a dementia diagnosis is not the end.

 

The Alzheimer’s Society want to emphasise this week that life doesn’t have to end when Dementia begins, so they are calling on dementia sufferers to try something new this week, whether it be trying a new food, learning a new skill or, like 61-year-old Ken from Sunderland, entering as a contestant on X-Factor!

 

It is possible to live well with dementia. Although dementia makes certain things harder, many people with dementia continue to lead healthy and active lives, enjoy friendships and relationships, drive and socialise. With the right knowledge and support, it is still possible for someone with dementia to get the best out of life.

 

Seize that life this week, and try something you’ve never done before. It will make you feel alive! Share what new things you’ve been doing this week on social media using the hashtags #DoSomethingNew or #DAW2015

 

If you are over 65 and are experiencing any unusual memory loss, accompanied by mood changes and confusion, visit your GP. Click here for information on surgeries and out-of-hours services in East Berkshire.