This week is Dementia Awareness Week. Did you know that there are approximately 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and it is predicted that by 2025 this will have increased to one million?
The word dementia describes a set of symptons that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking or language. The theme for the awareness week is about the person – remember the person behind the dementia, the person is more than the dementia.
We met with Hilary Shepherd, the Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator for Cambridgeshire a couple of weeks ago to discuss how we could become more active in supporting people with dementia. We are already Dementia Friends, but we also want to be part of the Cambridgeshire Action Alliance. In order to join the Alliance we have put together our action plan outlining our actions to ensure the Bobby Scheme is delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers. These include referring to dementia support workers when necessary, signposting to other services, giving out leaflets at home visits and when we give talks. If you can think of anything else we can do, please let us know.
I did watch the TV programme about Dementia last night which featured Angela Rippon and found it very interesting – it promoted more sleep -which is sometimes easier said than done, and to learn a second language – well I am learning Italian!