It’s time to talk about Alzheimer’s

Posted: 21/09/2020

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and currently affects around 850,000 people in the UK.

Did you know that your brain is made up with millions of nerve cells that connect to each other?

Unfortunately, for someone who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, those connections can be lost. This means they can experience problems with their memory, difficulty thinking, problem-solving and language – all important parts of how we connect with those around us.

We want to make sure that those that live with the condition get the help and support they need to live safe, happy and healthy lives whilst remaining as independent as possible.

It’s time for society to break the taboo and to start talking openly about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Many people who have Alzheimer’s feel lonely, scared and misunderstood by their community and loved ones. Let’s take the time, together, to learn about the condition and the challenges they face every day.

Did you know that Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect the older generation? There are approximately 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 who have developed the disease known commonly as young onset dementia.

So, how can you get involved in raising awareness and helping those in your community?

We all have a big part to play in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

Many people who suffer with Alzheimer’s feel that others in their communities don’t really understand the condition or how they can support.

Why not get involved and complete dementia friends training today?

If you want to make a difference you could make a small donation to Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research, or any of your local Alzheimer’s charities.

Also, you could take part in local events and fundraising by becoming a volunteer or joining in on campaigns like today’s World Alzheimer’s Day! There are lots of virtual sessions online that you can check out like Dine in for dementia, games night or you can set up your own virtual challenge!

Do you know the signs?

We want to make sure you’ve got all the information you need to take care of yourself, and your loved ones.

To help you spot the signs we’ve pulled together a short video that explains the most common symptoms of early stage Alzheimer’s:

If you believe that a loved one has the symptoms of dementia, it’s best to speak to your local GP about next steps and get a medical diagnosis from a professional. There are plenty of support options out there that can help them live well and independently.

Taking care of yourself too

Although caring for someone else can be positive and rewarding, it can take a toll on your own health and wellbeing, especially if you don’t know anybody else dealing with the same issues.

If you need a little bit of advice, or someone to talk to, join support groups like Talking Point, or Alz Connected.

We’re always here to help you resolve any issues you may have. If you need advice, would like to talk about your tenancy or are interested in looking into one of our specialist extra care schemes, contact us today by emailing hello@forhousing.co.uk, calling 0300 123 5522 or on live chat.

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