Dis­cover the care and sup­port that can help people to live well with de­men­tia

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TO­DAY is the last day of De­men­tia Aware­ness Week 2014, which ran from May 18-24. The De­men­tia Friends and Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety web­sites of­fer in­spi­ra­tion and in­for­ma­tion on how you can get in­volved.

De­men­tia is a con­di­tion that is be­com­ing more preva­lent. 2013 saw the first G8 De­men­tia sum­mit held in Lon­don which was her­alded as a stride for­ward in rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness, and is seen as a bench­mark for fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Cur­rently there are around 670,000 people in the UK liv­ing with the con­di­tion but this doesn’t in­clude in­di­vid­u­als who are un­di­ag­nosed, and num­bers are ex­pected to rise by 15 per cent over the next 10 years. De­men­tia af­fects mainly older people and with more people liv­ing longer, more will need to find a way to live well with de­men­tia.

How­ever, it also af­fects younger people.There are around 15,000 people un­der the age of 65 who have been di­ag­nosed with a form of early on­set de­men­tia. There are four main types of de­men­tia: Alzheimer’s and Vas­cu­lar De­men­tia are the most com­mon types, al­though de­men­tia with Lewy Bod­ies (DLB) and Fronto-tem­po­ral de­men­tia are also vari­ants.

His­tor­i­cally, the di­ag­no­sis and pro­gres­sion of de­men­tia has re­sulted in an in­di­vid­ual need­ing to leave their own home and live within a care set­ting, and al­though there are good care homes that can pro­vide for those re­quir­ing acute res­i­den­tial care, many can now live com­fort­ably in their own com­mu­nity. With ac­cess to bet­ter com­mu­nity ser­vices, im­proved sup­port struc­tures such as mem­ory clin­ics (nor­mally held at lo­cal GP surg­eries) and bet­ter recog­ni­tion of the con­di­tion by com­mis­sion­ing bod­ies, more people are be­ing em­pow­ered to re­main at home for as long as they choose.

Lu­cie Bin­field-Bell of Blue­bird Care (Har­ro­gate) said: “When sup­port­ing an in­di­vid­ual with any form of de­men­tia it is im­por­tant that they are treated with re­spect. Car­ers and fam­ily mem­bers need to take the time to lis­ten, be flex­i­ble and be tol­er­ant, and al­low the in­di­vid­ual to make their own choices and ex­press their feel­ings.

Blue­bird Care en­sures all of its car­ers are trained in all as­pects of un­der­stand­ing de­men­tia and the additional needs this may bring to the care pack­age. It takes time to get to know not only the in­di­vid­ual, but their fam­ily and oth­ers within the care cir­cle, and care plans are be­spoke to each and ev­ery one of its cus­tomers.

Blue­bird Care of­fices reg­u­larly deliver ‘De­men­tia Friends’ ses­sions. Visit www. blue­bird­care.co.uk to get the con­tact de­tails for your lo­cal of­fice and find out about a De­men­tia Friends Ses­sion near you.

De­men­tia Friends is a na­tional ini­tia­tive whose ob­jec­tive is to get as many people in the UK as pos­si­ble signed up as a De­men­tia Friend. To be­come a De­men­tia Friend you can at­tend one of the many ses­sions be­ing held that of­fers an in­sight into the mind-set of a per­son liv­ing with de­men­tia and gives you the tools to help sup­port them.

For de­tails on De­men­tia Aware­ness visit: www. na­tional-aware­ness-days. com/de­men­tia-aware­nessweek.html and alzheimers. org.uk/re­mem­berthep­er­son.

De­men­tia Aware­ness Week aims to raise aware­ness of the in­creas­ing num­ber of people with the con­di­tion.


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