Dementia Awareness Week: 15th – 21st MAY
About Dementia Awareness Week
This week is Dementia Awareness Week. Spearheaded by Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Awareness Week is dedicated to raising the profile of the condition in the public eye. Throughout this week there will be national and regional press coverage, awareness-raising and fundraising events across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The focus of this year’s campaign is uniting together against dementia to improve care, offer help and understanding and give everyone the help they need.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a number of different disorders that affect the brain. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. Other causes include vascular disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and fronto-temporal dementia. Dementia is incurable but research into a cure is ongoing.
Symptoms may include problems with:
- Memory loss
- Recalling recent events
- Concentrating, planning or organising
- Language – for example, difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something
What can be done to help someone with Dementia?
A person with dementia will also often have changes in their mood. For example, they may become frustrated or irritable, apathetic or withdrawn, anxious, easily upset or unusually sad. Our multi-sensory rooms at Experia can help with the care of a patient with dementia by bringing about profound changes in mood, cognition and overall well-being. Once exposed to our calming lights, sounds and aromas, an individual with dementia can relax and engage and once again have control over their environment and even themselves.
Some great tools for engaging individuals with dementia include:
Although currently there is no cure, support and treatments are available that can help with symptoms and managing daily life. These can allow people with dementia to lead active, purposeful lives and carry on doing the things that matter to them most.
If you feel that you need some dementia aids that will help those in your care to cope with the condition, then contact us at Experia for friendly knowledgeable advice from staff who will be empathetic to your needs.
For more information and resources, the Alzheimer’s Society has some great tools and advice.