Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops it every three minutes and there’s currently no cure. Alzheimer’s Society’s mission is to create a future without dementia, and while they work to find a cure, they support people who are affected by this disease, now and tomorrow.
We want everyone affected by dementia to know that, whatever you are going through wherever you are, whoever you are: you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for support, help and advice. That’s why their people – volunteers and employees – are so important. It is their knowledge, personal experiences and perspectives that help the charity to understand the different experiences of dementia.
Sam first heard about the Alzheimer’s Society through a Learning Disability and Partnership Board. After Sam found out that people with learning disabilities are living longer and experiencing a higher rate of dementia in comparison to the general population, she knew she wanted to help. Alzheimer’s Society are always excited and eager to get more volunteers and were thrilled when Sam, who also has a learning disability, wanted to get involved. By getting in touch with one of the Society’s local teams, Sam found that she could volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society and become a Dementia Friends Champion. She instantly applied for a role and the Society’s team completed the application process with her and made sure Sam had all the tools and support in place to do the role. Since joining as a volunteer, Sam has developed Dementia Friends awareness sessions that are adapted for people with learning disabilities – putting her own stamp on the way it is delivered. She also had the opportunity to contribute to the Society’s Easy Read factsheets and Sam was recently a finalist in the Alzheimer Society’s National Dementia Friendly Awards.
Everyone’s experience of disabilities and dementia is different. That’s why, whether working for the Alzheimer’s Society, volunteering or using their services they are committed to asking you what works for you, before working together, to make sure the role or service is accessible and right for your needs. United you can be part of creating a world without dementia.
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