Dementia Action Week
16th-22nd May 2022
Dementia Action Week takes place each year to raise awareness of dementia, and this year’s campaign is focused on diagnosis. Over the past 5 years, the number of people diagnosed with dementia has fallen. Through research conducted by Alzheimer’s Society, it’s been discovered that people are viewing memory loss as a normal sign of ageing and are not seeing their GP to be assessed for dementia.
According to Alzheimer’s Society, 91% of people affected by dementia believe that despite a diagnosis being daunting, it’s better to know.
Having a dementia assessment as early as possible can also help to rule out other conditions that could be causing memory loss or other symptoms. It also means the patient can access the support and advice they need.
Click here to read more about the other benefits of having an assessment. Why have an assessment for dementia? | Alzheimer's Society (alzheimers.org.uk)
Did you know: Dementia is more common in elderly people. However, around 1 in 20 people with dementia are under the age of 65.
As an organisation we want to take this opportunity to do our part in raising awareness and assisting those living with dementia. Being a community retailer, at the heart of our organisation is our customers and members of the community, meaning it is so important to us that we support this cause, in order to support those communities. We have a number of colleagues prepared to help, so far 1,670 of our colleagues have completed the Dementia Friends course, which has helped our team learn more about the condition so they can offer support to their communities. If you are looking for advice and support, all of our pharmacies also have trained staff who are here to help you.
Dementia Friends help people living with dementia by taking actions - both big and small.
These actions don’t have to be time-consuming. From visiting someone you know with dementia to being more patient in a shop queue, every action counts! Dementia Friends can also get involved with things like volunteering, campaigning or fundraising.
Dementia Friends working for Lincolnshire Co-op can be identified by their forget-me-not pin badge.
Click here to find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend.
You should see your doctor if you’re worried about your memory, to talk through your concerns and access memory tests and specialist assessments. Alzheimer’s Society also offer a range of support, if you or a loved one would like to discuss any concerns with their experienced volunteers.
You can reach their daytime support line on 0333 150 3456 or access their online community here. What is Dementia Talking Point? | Alzheimer's Society (alzheimers.org.uk)