21 September 2017

World Alzheimer’s Day

Alzheimer's Day

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day; an international campaign launched back in 2012 by the charity Alzheimer’s Disease International. The day is part of a month of activities that are aimed at improving awareness of the disease that makes up 50-60% of all Dementia cases.

With Dementia affecting over 50 million people across the globe and 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK the need to make people more aware of it has never been more important. That is why Newcross Healthcare joined the Dementia Friends scheme in February 2016.

Dementia Friends is a social action movement run by the Alzheimer’s Society aiming to remove the stigma and give as many people across England and Wales an understanding of Dementia, and some of the actions we can take to help those living with the condition.

The 10 Warning Signs of Dementia

  1. Memory Loss
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  3. Problems with language
  4. Disorientation of time and location
  5. Poor judgement
  6. Problems keeping track of things
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Changes to mood and behaviour
  9. Trouble with images and spatial awareness
  10. Withdrawal from work or social activities

Michelle Gorringe, Newcross Managing Director, said, “Dementia Friends is a fantastic initiative, raising awareness of the effect that dementia can have on a persons’ life. By encouraging all of our staff members to sign up to become Dementia Friendly, we hope that we can help to build a more compassionate community so that those with dementia feel supported and confident to live happy, independent lives, where possible.”

To sign up to become a Dementia Friend, visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

If you or someone you know is in need of advice or assistance regarding Dementia, you can call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 11 22