Every September the Alzheimer’s Society use the month to highlight, on a global level, issues faced by those affected by the progressive disease. And the 21st of the month marks World Alzheimer’s Day; an opportunity for people and organisations to demonstrate how, together, we can help people to live well with Alzheimer’s.
This year, the theme of World Alzheimer’s Month is ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia‘. And, according to the NHS, there are more than 850,000 people in the UK who have dementia. This number, though, is expected to increase to more than 1 million by 2025. Therefore, sadly, many more of us are likely to see dementia affect friends and family members as we grow older, and will need to learn to cope effectively, and compassionately with the disease during our lives.
One of the many challenges involved in doing so, however, is that people with dementia tend to display different and unique behaviours and, as such, cope with symptoms in their own way. And one of the most conducive, medically proven ways to enable people to do so, has been to minimise disruption to routines and environment.
As a care in the home specialist then, at Care Matters we are dedicated to providing support that enables those affected to remain at home, in familiar surroundings. This not only helps to avoid unnecessary and potentially detrimental changes to the everyday, but is also a wonderful way to help preserve independence.
Dementia Care is one of the many areas we specialise in, with carers working in homes across the North East of England every day of the week. Very much aware of dementia on a daily basis then, it is nonetheless wonderful to see organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society encouraging people all over the world to recognise, and understand more deeply, the many issues faced by families and individuals affected by dementia.
If a loved one or member of your family in the North East is struggling to cope with dementia, you’re welcome to get in touch to learn how Care Matters can help. To learn more about the work of the Alzheimer’s Society, or to make a donation to their cause, you can visit their website, here.