Celebrating Dementia Action and Awareness Week

Previously known as Dementia Awareness Week, Dementia Action Week took place from the 21st – 27th May. The aim of the week is to encourage people to improve the lives of those with dementia, ensuring nobody faces it alone. We want those with dementia to feel valued and recognised in the community, with access to all the support and information they need.

With over 850,000 people in the UK affected by dementia, and possibly 400,000 people whohave dementia but do not know it, raising awareness of this condition is vital.

Universal Care attended an information event hosted by Wendover Dementia Awareness Alliance. This included displays providing a range of information on the condition, with organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Voices and Choices, Lindengate Memory Pathways, the Safe Places Scheme and Prevention Matters on hand to advise on supporting those living with Dementia. It was a fantastic day for our team to contribute to raising awareness and providing expertise on dementia care.

At Universal Care we know that the key to dementia care lies both with creating a good quality of life for the person with the condition and easing the stress on their family. Because dementia is a blanket term for several conditions, the severity and subsequent care for the individual varies a lot. Therefore we have an in-house dementia specialist, Sally Blackden, who has worked with vulnerable adults for 10 years.

 

Some Information About Dementia

Dementia is used to describe a range of symptoms from certain diseases that affect the brain, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms of dementia include:


Memory loss. Short term memory problems are often the first sign of dementia.

Changes in mood. Dementia can change a person’s daily life extensively, which can give rise to mixed emotions of sadness, anxiety, panic and anger.

Communication. Communication problems are likely when someone is unable to remember certain words, phrases or stories.


Symptoms are progressive, worsening over time, yet on an unknown timescale – it could be months or years before symptoms become more advanced and problematic, which can be hard to accept for many people with the condition.


A few ways that we can help manage these symptoms are:

  • Early medical diagnosis
  • Sharing past experiences to a loved one or carer
  • Keeping active, whether that involves social activity, physical action or mental movement.
  • Cognitive stimulation, such as doing word games, puzzles and being involved in interesting and current conversations
  • Ensuring everyone involved has all the information they need. The Alzheimer’s Society provides expert information and support to anyone affected by dementia. Their National Dementia Helpline number is 0300 222 11 22.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team if you have any questions about dementia, the care that it involves and our support approach. Give us a call on 01494 678811 or drop us a message at care@universal-care.co.uk.

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