Spotlight on……Dementia

Dementia / 01.09.20150 comments

September sees Care Support joining partners to celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month.

World Alzheimer’s Month is in its fourth year and awareness raising events will be taking place worldwide. This year, the theme is ‘Remember Me’.

Supporting people with dementia to retain their sense of identity- and remembering the ‘me’ in dementia- is central to delivering compassionate care. At Care Support, we work with every customer with dementia to learn about their life story and understand the support that can help them to live well with dementia. Something as simple as providing photographs of a customer’s apartment as a signposting tool has meant one of our customers can navigate their way to their apartment independently.

This year’s World Alzheimer’s Month will focus on reducing the stigma associated with dementia and making communities more dementia-friendly, as well as fundraising events including Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walks.

As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, Alzheimer’s Disease International will also launch a report detailing the effects dementia has on the global economy and the true impact dementia has on our societies and health care systems.  

We all know how crucial the role of family carers are to people living with dementia- and how important it is that carers receive recognition and support to continue caring. That’s why carers of people with dementia will also have a focus this month, with National Carers Dementia Day being held on Sunday, September 13.

The day aims to recognise and celebrate the crucial role of informal carers, and share carers’ special stories.  Carers are being asked to share their tips and ideas for helping someone live well with the condition, and all the ideas are being collected on a dedicated website – these ideas will then be shared. For more information or to share your ideas, please visit the National Dementia Carers Day website or follow them on Twitter @dementia_carers

If you have tips you would like to share with the Care Support team, or for more information on dementia care, please contact us.

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