Today, 17th May 2021 marks the start of Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Week. This is a national event in the UK that seeks to draw attention to the lives of people affected by dementia, as dementia not only affects the individual with dementia but also their loved ones around them. See the powerful video below that Alzheimer’s Society has created which clearly shows the impact of dementia on loved ones.
Dementia Action Week, from the 17th to the 23rd May 2021, is a national event that sees the UK public taking action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. Find out below some ways that you can get involved.
Be a friend
People with dementia, and those living with someone with dementia, have been hit incredibly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we can all play a role in supporting those in local communities who are living with dementia as well as their careers. Reaching out and being a friend to someone who has been affected by dementia this week would be an excellent way to get involved in Dementia Action Week.
Raise your awareness
Those battling with dementia on a daily basis, and those supporting loved ones with dementia, can often feel isolated as not many individuals truly understand what they are going through. Spend some time this week to develop your understanding, and pass this on to friends too. Thankfully, as it is dementia action week there are a lot of resources readily available. However, we’d recommend checking out Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Concern as well as checking out the #curethecaresystem and #dementiaactionweek hashtags on social media.
If you are in a position to do so, you could consider donating to a local charity that supports those affected by dementia in your community. Many of these charities work hard to support people living with dementia and their carers so they can live as independently as possible.
‘Cure the Care System’ campaign
Alzheimer’s Society are running a petition calling on the government to Cure the Care System. Find out more by clicking on the button below:
Importantly, developing dementia can impact your legal ability to make your own decisions. If you are concerned about developing dementia and the legal implications please reach out and we can help. Alternatively, please check out our related blogs on Lasting Powers of Attorneys and Court of Protection.
*This blog does not constitute legal advice.