A weekly column by South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, addressing topical health issues. Dr Miles Langdon is on holiday this week, so Dr Kevin Hill writes.
NHS South Lincolnshire CCG is supporting the Dementia Friends campaign to help people develop an understanding of dementia and turn it into action to help people in their community living with the disease.
Dementia is arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK: there are currently 665,065 people in England who have dementia and an estimated 21 million people in England have a close friend or family member with dementia – because they live with or care for someone who has dementia.
The campaign is encouraging people to become a Dementia Friend by watching an interactive video online to increase their understanding of the disease and implementing their experience on a daily basis.
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 that we can 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.”
This week is Dementia Awareness Week 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 help-line on 0300 222 11 22.
For further information on how to become a Dementia Friend please visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk