The Alzheimer’s Society have reported that there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.
This week is Dementia Action Week and The Alzheimer’s Society are calling on the public to take action, however big or small, that collectively will make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia. People affected by dementia have seven actions that they would like to see.
The actions below are small things that we can all do in our everyday lives, that will have a huge impact on those living with dementia:-
1.Talk to me. Don’t be worried about talking to me. I’m still me.
2. Listen to me. Take time to listen and involve me in the conversation. I can still teach you a thing or two.
3. Include me. Keep on inviting me out. Friends still mean the world to me.
4. Ask if I need help. If I seem confused, ask if I need help. These little things help me stay independent.
5.Be patient. Be patient with me and I’ll show you how I can still do things. It just might take me longer than it used to.
6. Ask me about my dementia. Don’t be afraid to ask me questions. When you take the time to understand my dementia, I know there’s someone on my side.
7. Help my carer too. Support my partner and others who care for me. My dementia affects them too.
BakerLaw LLP are proud to be part of Farnham Dementia Action Alliance and are working towards being dementia friendly. Debbie Duggan, an Associate with our Private Client team is a Dementia Champion and regularly runs Dementia Friends training sessions to staff in the office and to the general public to raise awareness about the impact of dementia.
If you are interested in attending a Dementia Friends information session or if you would like to host a session with friends, colleagues or family, please contact Debbie Duggan on 01252 907829.
This article is not a definitive statement of the law. It is designed as a free update on the law at the time of publishing. It is not a substitute for legal advice on specific facts and circumstances. BakerLaw LLP and/or the writer accepts no liability or responsibility for reliance on this article and recommends that you seek independent legal advice on your specific circumstances prior to taking any steps.