Dementia Awareness Week in North Yorkshire, 19-25 May 2013

Monday, 20th May 2013

Published 20 May 2013.

Dementia Awareness Week, an annual event organized by the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of dementia, is taking place on 19-25 May 2013. The aim of this year’s campaign is to get people talking about dementia and help them be more prepared to face the condition.

There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK today and this number expected to rise to more than 1 million by 2021. According to research undertaken by the Alzheimer’s Society, almost half (45%) of UK adults would find it difficult to tell their families if they thought they had dementia – this could mean that up to half a million people are struggling in silence and not turning to their families for support. It is considered that people over 55 now fear dementia more than any other disease, including cancer.

There are many ways you can get involved in Dementia Awareness Week this year, such as joining the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TalkDementia or displaying flyers and posters available from the Alzheimer’s Society website. You could also read and share the Alzheimer’s Society’s talking tips or video explaining why it’s important to talk about dementia.

In addition, organisations and individuals are encouraged to hold events in their local communities to help spread the word about Dementia Awareness Week. In support of the campaign, our North Yorkshire home care team at Carefound is holding its first Understanding Dementia Event on Saturday, 25 May at its offices in Harrogate, providing an opportunity for families and organisations working in the community to meet with our professional home care team and learn more about how to help people with dementia at home. We are keen to hear from families interested in attending and would also welcome people getting in touch via twitter (@carefound) to let us know about what they are doing to show their support.

Source: Carefound, Alzheimer’s Society.

About Carefound:

Carefound is a provider of specialist home care and dementia care services to elderly people in North Yorkshire, enabling clients to continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable. Services provided include basic help in the home,companionship, personal care, medication help, post-operative rehabilitation, respite care and specialist help such as dementia care and palliative care. The flexible service ranges from 1 hour to 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays, and can also encompass 24-hour live in care services.

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