Dementia Action Week: Let’s start talking

Ken Oxley is Media Officer for the Alzheimer’s Society in the North East and Cumbria

Ken Oxley is Media Officer for the Alzheimer’s Society in the North East and Cumbri

Contact: Name: Ken Oxley 0191 2983989 / 07483 926575

Dementia Action Week: Let’s start talking

Many of you will know of someone directly affected by dementia. After all, more than 4,800 people in Northumberland are living with the condition.

You might be shocked to learn that our research shows every three minutes someone in the UK develops dementia.

Yet despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of those diagnosed report feeling isolated and lonely.

Many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to someone with dementia. However, a friendly face or listening ear can make the world of difference.

That is why this Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May) Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation.

Whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking!

We understand that it can be difficult to know what to say. But we’re here to provide information and tips on how you can start a conversation.

Even in the later stages of dementia when having a conversation might become difficult, keeping in touch means a lot.

Because seeing friends and loved ones creates feelings of happiness and comfort that stimulates a person’s ‘emotional memory’ – leaving them with a feeling of wellbeing that lingers long after the recollection of an actual visit has gone.

We all have a role to play in making the region a dementia-friendly place to live and that is what Dementia Action Week is all about.

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