In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes and almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected. Yet too many people with dementia feel excluded and like they are facing the disease alone.
Going to the shops, travelling or carrying on with social activities becomes impossible when people around you do not know how to interact or how the small things they can do will help.
Small actions that make a big difference is the theme of this year’s Dementia Action Week because, if we all do our bit, then we can make our communities more welcoming to people with dementia.
So what can you do?
The Alzheimer’s Society asked people with dementia what actions would make the most difference to them, and this is the list they came up with:
- Talk to me. Don’t be worried about talking to me. I’m still me.
- Listen to me. Take time to listen and involve me in the conversations. I can still teach you a thing or two.
- Include me. Keep in inviting me out. Friends still mean the world to me.
- Ask if I need help. If I seem confused, ask if I need help. These little things help me stay independent.
- Be patient. Be patient with me and I’ll show you how I can still do things. It just might take me longer than it used to.
- Ask me about my dementia. Don’t be afraid to ask me questions. When you take the time to understand my dementia, I know there’s someone on my side.
- Help my carer too. Support my partner and others who care for me. My dementia affects them too.
If you’d like to publicly commit to one or more of these actions, then please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/DAW