14th to 20th May marks Dementia Awareness Week

18th May 2017 | Written by Amanda Attrell

What can you do to help?  

Sunday 14th May marked the start of Dementia Awareness Week an initiative that continues to do fantastic work to help those living with Dementia and their families.

The headlines and statistics that we hear about Dementia can often feel harrowing.

“The number of people living with dementia worldwide is estimated at 47 million and is projected to increase to 75 million by 2030.”  (World Health Organisation – April 2017)

“Of people over 65 years of age, 1 in 14 has dementia, whereas it is 1 in 6 people over the age of 80”. (The Dementia Guide – Alzheimer’s Society)

“Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales.” (BBC News – 14 November 2016)

Given the statistics, it’s likely that we all know someone who is living with dementia.  And if you work with the general public then you almost certainly come into contact with people living with dementia on a regular basis.  And yet we often find dementia a difficult or taboo subject to talk about.  The feelings and emotions around dementia tend to be negative ones – fear, anxiety, even shame or embarrassment.  And that’s why Dementia Awareness Week and initiatives like Dementia Friends and the Dementia Action Alliance are so important.

So what can you do to help?

Dementia Friends Information Sessions
Rix & Kay’s award winning Later Life Team is lead by Amanda Attrell who is a Dementia Champion and regularly runs Dementia Friends Information Sessions in care homes for the residents, their family members, the staff and the general public.

Dementia Friends is a Alzheimer’s Society initiative. If you work in a care home environment or are a friend or relative of someone in care then please contact Amanda Attrell about running a session at a care home. Email: amandaattrell@rixandkay.co.uk

Dementia Action Alliance
Individuals and businesses can have the opportunity to learn more about dementia and begin to understand that it is possible to live well with dementia.  And once better informed those people can then implement small changes into their attitudes or behaviours, and businesses or public services can make small changes to their business premises or practices to help support people living with dementia.

Rix & Kay is supporting Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance. If you are a business and want more information on how your organisation can become Dementia Friendly then you can email Matthew Moors, Dementia Action Alliance Coordinator at DementiaA@ageuk-bh.org.uk

Professional services to help with Dementia
Head of Rix & Kay’s Later Life Team,  Amanda Attrell, is a Dementia Champion and a specialist later life lawyer. Dementia is something which affects a number of Amanda’s clients and our Later Life Team are aware of the difficulties that can arise when it comes to managing finances or making legal or health and welfare decisions for a person living with dementia.  If you would like to discuss the options available to either assist someone already living with dementia or as a precautionary measure for the future then please do feel free to telephone Amanda on 01273 329797 or email her at amandaattrell@rixandkay.co.uk.