Over one million people have now signed up to The Alzheimer’s Society‘s groundbreaking ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative.
The programme originally launched two years ago, and it aims to educate the general public on what dementia is, how to spot the symptoms, and how to help those suffering from the illness, in order to eradicate the fear and isolation felt by many with the disease. The plan is working towards creating ‘dementia friendly communities’ with support networks across the country. Although there are an estimated 720,000 people suffering from dementia in England alone, many have not been diagnosed. Prime Minister David Cameron has called it “one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime”, and the government has announced that it will be providing more than £300m to tackle dementia during the next parliament. If you’d like to sign up to become a Dementia Friend, you can join the initiative here.
Learn how to spot the signs of dementia.
Do you know someone with the following symptoms?
- Memory loss, especially problems with remembering recent events
- Increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require organisation and planning
- Becoming confused in unfamiliar environments
- Difficulty finding the right words
- Difficulty with numbers and/or handling money in shops
- Changes in personality and mood
How can Sova Healthcare help those suffering from dementia?
Dementia can be a very challenging condition to care for. Sufferers, and their friends and family, can be put under a lot of strain, so it is of vital importance that the right help is received. At Sova Healthcare, we understand that every case of dementia is unique, and that it will affect you and your family in different ways. This is why our specialist care package is tailored to individuals, so you can be sure that your personal requirements will be taken into account. Our highly trained and experienced carers will provide compassionate and sensitive care for those with dementia in their own homes, allowing them to retain their independence for as long as possible. If you would like to find out more about our services, please visit our dementia care page, or contact us for more information.