The 14th-20th May marks the start of Dementia Awareness Week. Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer. The Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging everyone to get involved in Dementia Awareness week in order to raise awareness and urgently find a cure for dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society aims to improve care, offer help and understanding and find a cure for dementia. This awareness week helps to break down the barriers that surround dementia and encourage people to openly speak to one another about the condition. This week encourages people to get involved in the various activities that are taking place, it also allows those individuals who may not know very much about dementia to learn more about the condition and how it affects people.
Dementia Awareness Week also allows those who may know someone who is or has been affected by dementia to fundraise in their honour, they can do this in a variety of ways. For example, they can organise an event of their choice, take place in an existing fundraising event or they can simply spread the message through creating one of this years United Against Dementia posters.
This year the Alzheimer’s Society is asking individuals to use their online template to create an image that shows their support in Uniting Against Dementia and raises awareness of the condition. The template allows individuals to quickly and easily upload an image to show their support. This can either be done individually or with friends, family or colleagues.
This image can then be shared online and on social media in order to show that you are supporting Dementia Awareness Week and the important work that the Alzheimer’s Society does. This tool is a creative and interactive way for people to get involved in Dementia Awareness Week.
To create your own United Against Dementia image, please click here.
Here are some of the shocking statistics about Dementia:
- Dementia is the number one killer in England and Wales and there is currently no cure for it
- A third of babies born today will develop dementia in their lifetime
- The government doesn’t pay for dementia care as they would with other illnesses, such as cancer
- A dementia care home can cost between £600 and £1200 a week
The United Against Dementia campaign has already gained support from figures such as comedian, Jo Brand, Mayor of London, Sidique Khan and Olympic athlete, James Cracknell, to name a few.
To find a Dementia Awareness Week event near you, please click here.
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