May 17, 2018
Alzheimer’s Society have taken a different approach with Dementia Awareness Week this year turning it into Dementia Action Week. This year it is all about bringing people together across the UK to take action to help improve the lives of people with dementia.
During this week, Alzheimer’s Society will be sharing the most popular ideas of how, as a society, we can best help people with dementia and how these ideas can be transformed into actions. This could involve something as simple as being more patient in checkout queues; including the person with dementia in a conversation; fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society or; actively supporting a local event. Alzheimer’s Society is leading the movement for change to ensure people affected by dementia can still very much feel part of society.
There are currently over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and with the numbers set to rise to more than 1 million by 2025 and over 2 million by 2051, it is now more important than ever to ensure we are pushing to create a positive change. This is exactly why we, here at Spencers Solicitors, are committed to learning more about dementia and its effects; to becoming more accessible to people with dementia and; raising awareness wherever we can. We have already taken some simple steps, these include:
- All members of staff at Spencers Solicitors are Dementia Friends, helping us work towards becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation
- We have applied to be part of the Dementia Action Alliance for the whole of Derbyshire
- Our Wills & Probate Practitioner, Samantha Ibrahim, is now a Dementia Champion. As an advocate for people with dementia, Samantha doesn’t just provide us with knowledge and understanding but she also turns ideas into actions when it comes to providing the relevant support for people with dementia and their carers when they come to our office.
- North Derbyshire’s Dementia Friendly Community Coordinator, Lauren Curry, recently attended our office and completed a dementia audit to see how we can make our office more Dementia Friendly.
- Our office is currently awaiting Dementia Friendly signage
- Visual clutter can prevent a person with dementia to distinguish objects, so we have removed any unnecessary disarray around the office to make sure their surroundings are clearer, safer and easier to distinguish.
Our training and interaction with Alzheimer’s Society has helped us to not only become more aware of what a person with dementia goes through but to also know how we can act appropriately. Here are the five key messages that Alzheimer’s Society presents for any person to become one step closer to becoming a Dementia Friend:
- Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
- Dementia is not just about losing your memory
- It is possible to live well with dementia
- There is more to the person than the dementia
Creating a movement for change isn’t just about focusing on taking action one week of the year, it is something that should be encouraged all year round. Alzheimer’s Society have also stimulated this idea by launching the new name of their magazine this Spring. The new name ‘Dementia together’ helps reflect the content of the magazine, which focuses on not only those directly affected by dementia, but also people who fundraise, join campaigns, become Dementia Friends or help make their communities and organisations more dementia friendly. The magazine’s content is full of inspiring ideas and real-life stories for everyone in the dementia movement to continue taking action throughout the year.
If you want to learn more and be more involved in Dementia Action Week or any other Alzheimer’s Society campaign, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk to get further information. If you are also interested in attending a Dementia Friends Information Session in Chesterfield, please contact Samantha Ibrahim on 01246 266637.
About the Author
Kathleen Kilgarriff is a Paralegal within our Serious Injury Team.
Kathleen is an undergraduate Law student from Nottingham Trent University who joined the business in June 2017 for her placement year. With her career aspiration to become a Serious Injury Solicitor, Kathleen has joined the team to gain first-hand experience to enhance her knowledge and career prospects by providing support and assistance with the Serious Injury Team. Kathleen also assists in producing instructive blogs for the website about important events , in addition to providing support in the Employment Law Team.