It is estimated that there are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025. Within care homes, over 70% of residents have dementia or severe memory loss and among the wider public, 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.
These statistics show the huge impact dementia has on the lives of people in the UK and in recognition of this, the Alzheimer’s Society will hold this year’s Dementia Awareness Week from 15-21 May. The aim of Dementia Awareness Week is to encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their fears by addressing dementia directly and coming to the Alzheimer’s Society for information and support.
As a care provider, Dementia Awareness Week provides an excellent opportunity to show your solidarity with this good cause, as well as showcasing to your local community the good work you already carry out week in, week out. Read on to find out more about Dementia Awareness Week 2016 and to learn more about how you can get involved.
The success of Dementia Awareness Week is dependent on the level of local involvement and the range of activities and events that take place to promote awareness. The Alzheimer’s Society has a range of materials available for use by organisations, or individuals, wishing to get involved.
5 Steps to Show Your Support for Dementia Awareness Week 2016
- Dementia Friends. Organise a Dementia Friends session to raise knowledge and awareness of dementia amongst staff, visitors and the general public.
- Fundraising. Consider organising a fundraising event to support Dementia Awareness Week. A coffee morning, afternoon tea event, or sponsored walk, can act as a morale building exercise, as well as raising important funds and awareness of the aims of the week.
- Social Media. Show your support by publicising Dementia Awareness Week on your social media, sharing posts on Facebook, or using the hashtag #DAW2016 on Twitter.
- Advice. Help to signpost people, who may have a need for further information about dementia, to appropriate resources, such as the National Dementia Helpline operated by the Alzheimer’s Society. The helpline can be contacted on 0300 222 1122.
- Publicity. Download or order the free posters, flyers and leaflets via the Alzheimer’s Societywebsite and display them on your premises and in your local community.
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