Supporting Dementia Awareness Week

James Brokenshire is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 18 – 25 May, in solidarity with those people across the country suffering from the condition and their families. One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia and the Awareness Week campaign seeks to help more people understand the disease so that they too can make a positive difference to the lives of people with dementia.

There are over 2,500 people living with dementia across Bexley, with one in three people over the age of 65 developing the disease. As we all start to live longer, the number of people in our communities with dementia is likely to increase and therefore it is vital that we all know what small things we can do to make their lives a little easier.

During the week, Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers will be out and about in our communities, sharing their knowledge, providing support, responding to people’s concerns about themselves or their loved ones and asking them  to sign up to become ‘Dementia Friends’.

James recently became a ‘Dementia Friend’, learning about what things that we can all do to make a positive difference to the lives of those with dementia. This included simple things like taking the time to listen and talk to sufferers and trying to understand how the disease impacts their memories and view of the world around them.

Commenting James said:

“I am pleased to be supporting Dementia Awareness Week. The Alzheimer’s Society continues to do fantastic work, however there is not yet a cure for dementia and therefore we should all try and learn what small things we can do to make living with the disease just a little bit easier.”

“Most of us know someone living with dementia; it might be a friend or a family member and one day we too may experience it ourselves. As the number of older people in the UK continues to grow, becoming a Dementia Friend is a simple, yet valuable way of trying to make sure that those with dementia continue to feel part of our communities. I hope, therefore, that people will sign up to help make Old Bexley and Sidcup a happier place for those with dementia to live in”.