World Alzheimer’s Month
September is World Alzheimer’s Month. The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness for this progressive disease, support those who are affected by dementia, and share resources so that people can get the correct diagnosis and appropriate help as soon as possible.
As long-term members of Dementia Friends and the Alzheimer’s Society, we want to do our part in this international campaign to highlight issues faced by people with dementia, as well as reminding you and your loved one that you are not alone. Although dealing with dementia is difficult for all involved, please know that support is available and it is possible to live well with dementia.
Know dementia, know Alzheimer’s
The theme of this year’s World Alzheimer’s month is ‘Know dementia, know Alzheimer’s’. Knowledge is power. When you’re aware of the signs and symptoms of dementia, you’ll feel empowered to reach out for help and support. An early diagnosis also allows for appropriate treatment options, services, and support to be put in place as soon as possible.
Here are some early signs and symptoms of dementia to watch out for:
- memory loss and confusion
- asking repetitive questions
- wandering and getting lost in familiar places
- continuously misplacing belongings
- troubling handling money
- acting impulsively
- taking longer than normal to complete everyday tasks
- difficulty speaking, reading, and writing
- experiencing problems with movement or balance
- abrupt mood changes.
While some memory loss is to be expected with age, dementia is not a normal part of ageing. It’s an umbrella term for a group of diseases caused by abnormal changes in the brain. This progressive disease affects a person’s ability to remember, think and communicate, which can impede independence and interfere with everyday life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
The importance of World Alzheimer’s Month
We believe it’s important to raise awareness, educate, and show support for dementia on a global scale. Nearly 50 million people are living with dementia worldwide.
World Alzheimer’s Month is an opportunity for people and organisations around the world to share their stories, connect, and come together to demystify dementia. Together, we can share best practices, research, and resources for combating the challenges of dementia.
How we support those with dementia
We are proud to provide trusted dementia care to support those affected by dementia. Here at Rowallan House, our specialist staff have the skills and knowledge to manage mental or emotional challenges that may accompany this condition, as well any physical symptoms.
Our goal is to help those diagnosed with dementia to live as well as possible. To support people living with dementia, we regularly run activities that are designed to promote cognitive skills. We also have a special sensory room that allows our residents to safely explore their five senses and provide reminiscence and recall sessions, which encourage them to talk about their past and share their stories.
Get in touch
If you or your loved one are living with dementia and could benefit from specialist dementia care, we are here for you. Please get in touch or contact us on 0800 999 8499 or 0208 597 4175 to speak to our compassionate team. We will be pleased to answer any of your questions or provide more information.