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21 May 2018

Dementia Action Week 2018

We’re supporting Dementia Action Week, taking place from 21st – 27th May 2018.

You may already be aware that this week is the Alzheimer’s Society Campaign Week. Formerly, this was called Dementia Awareness Week, but the Alzheimer’s Society is now asking that everyone across the UK unite and take positive actions – big or small – to make life better for people affected by dementia, hence the new name Dementia Action Week!

Therefore, we’ve included some examples below of simple actions suggested by people affected by dementia:

  • Talk and listen to me – involve me in your conversations
  • If I seem confused, ask if I need some help
  • Ask me about my dementia – take the time to find out what it’s like for me
  • Support my partner and others who care for me, as my dementia affects them too

Small things add up and become big things, which can have a positive impact, enabling people to carry on with their everyday lives within a community, which is helpful and caring. For example, you might decide to just be more patient in a queue if someone is struggling to pack their shopping and pay.

So what action could you take during Dementia Action Week?

Our action is to run Dementia Friends sessions for our staff helping them to learn a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turn this knowledge into action.

Dementia Friend actions could include:

  • Getting in touch and staying in touch with someone you know who is living with dementia
  • Volunteering for an organisation that helps people with dementia
  • Campaigning for change (e.g. by signing up to Alzheimer’s Society campaigns to improve the lives of people with dementia)
  • Wearing your Dementia Friends badge and telling five friends about the Dementia Friends initiative 
  • Carrying out a personal action (e.g. being more patient when out in the community)

Last year, during Dementia Awareness Week, 20,000 people became dementia friends. This year, the Alzheimer’s Society hopes to reach 22,000 people – so I am really hoping that we at NCHA can be part of this, and hit the goal of 4 million dementia friends in England and Wales by 2020.

So why not visit the Dementia Friends website to find out more about how you can help!