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World Alzheimer's Month

Posted on the 27th August 2015

September will mark the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month which aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that is still often associated with Dementia.

The theme for this year’s international campaign is ‘remember me’ which was chosen to encourage people to recognise and spot the early signs of Dementia and also remember loved ones who are living with it. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the awareness month and encouraging their staff to become ‘Dementia Friends’ which is an Alzheimer’s society initiative led by the Department of Health. The training, which is part of the Prime Minister’s challenge on Dementia, aims to increase awareness and change the way the nation talks, thinks and acts about Dementia.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of Dementia which is the term used to describe a set of symptoms that include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
Dementia is progressive and there are lots of ways to continue to live well with it.

Dr Leila Eccles, Senior Clinical Psychologist added:

‘‘To support the theme of the campaign, during the month we will be displaying a Dementia awareness video on our website which is packed with useful information for members of the public. We worked hard to create a video that explains Dementia to those who might not be as familiar with the disease in a clear and informative way. Quality and compassion is at the heart of what we do and we’re continuing to have meaningful conversations with those living with Dementia and their family members.’’

Elaine Wright, Dementia Matron Harbour at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

‘‘Celebrating World Alzheimer’s Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness of Dementia and continue working to reduce the stigma attached to it. Our goal is to continue to educate people about Dementia and make sure people know you can live well with it, and how to do it.’’

There are currently 44 million people worldwide living with Dementia, with this figure expected to rise to over 135 million before 2050. Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process and isn’t just about losing your memory. The Dementia helpline is in place for those with a personal experience or link to Dementia who might need help and support and they can be contacted on 0300 2221122.