Dementia is arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK: there are currently 665,065 people in England who have dementia and an estimated twenty-one million people in England have a close friend or family member with dementia– because they live with or care for someone who has dementia.
Dr Kevin Hill, South Lincolnshire CCG GP said; “One in three of us over the age of 65 will develop dementia an incredibly high statistic. But people with dementia can live well, and it is the responsibility of the rest of the community to help them do so.
“It is only by personally understanding the issues that people living with dementia face, can we fully appreciate the challenges they have to overcome on a day-to-day basis. By becoming a Dementia Friend, you are playing crucial role in helping us take one step closer to creating a dementia-friendly society.”
Dementia Awareness Week is 18 to 24 May and this year is all about opening up. If you're worried that you, or someone close to you, may have dementia, it can be difficult to talk about. You may feel scared, confused or even ashamed. You may also be hoping that the problem will go away so you don't have to deal with it.
If you're seriously concerned, and the problem continues, it's important to talk to someone about it. The sooner you know what you’re dealing with, the sooner you can get on with your life and feel in control again. You can speak to someone at the Alzheimer’s Society by calling their helpline on 0300 222 11 22.
For further information on how to become a Dementia Friend, please visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk