Dementia Action Week 21 – 27 May
21 May 2018
What will you do for Dementia Action Week? Take an action and stand united with people affected by dementia.
The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Dementia Action Week is organised by the Alzheimers society to recognise the fact that while raising awareness of issues surrounding dementia is important, more action needs to be taken to create the change in communities that people with dementia want and need.
During the week, everyone will be asked to take actions, both large and small to help make everyday life better for those with dementia. A range of fundraising events from sports events to bake-offs and quizzes will also be taking place across the UK.
These are the actions that people with dementia want to see:
- Invite me out
- Be patient
- Make time to listen
- Talk to me
- Ask questions and learn about dementia
- Ask if I need help if I look confused
- Be there for my carer loved ones too
How to get involved:
Become a Dementia Friend
There are lots of ways to be a part of Dementia Action Week, why not kick start the week by becoming a dementia friend? Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Being a Dementia Friend simply means learning more about dementia, putting yourself in the shoes of someone living with the condition, and turning you understanding into action. From visiting someone you know with dementia to being more patient in a shop queue, every action counts. By becoming a friend, people gain a better understanding of dementia and the small things that can be done to make a difference. It takes just 5 minutes to join by watching the video starring Alex, who is living with dementia https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/register-digital-friend
Find out what's happening in your local community and across the UK
Visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week to find out whats happening near you