Written by Active Minds on Thursday the 11th of May 2017.
Even though dementia is set to be leading cause of death in the 21st Century, there is still very little known about the disease. People diagnosed with the condition, and their family, can often feel isolated and confused as awareness and understanding still remains low.
There are approximately 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia, and an estimated 36 million people worldwide. The UK’s rapidly aging population will only continue to increase pressures on the care sector, and families and society more widely.
With these figures rapidly rising and so many more families being affected, we think it is important to make sure that we can talk openly about Dementia. More so with children as they will most likely be confused by some of the situations which may be going on around them. It is vital that they know not to feel guilty if their elderly relatives get overwhelmed or confused and are taught how to deal appropriately with those types of situations.
Active Minds have put together some conversation starters and tips to share with younger children to help them understand what dementia is:
The Alzheimer’s Society are fighting against dementia and urging everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite during Dementia Awareness Week (14th – 20th May). The aim of the week is to; raise awareness; encourage conversation; offer help and understanding; improve care and find a cure.
There are a number of ways you can get involved including organising your own fundraising event or attending one near you.
For more information on what you can do to help raise dementia awareness, and to find an event near you, please visit the Dementia Awareness Week website here.