Dementia Awareness Week Events
Dementia Awareness Week™ is taking place Sunday 19 May to
Saturday 25 May 2013. This year, the theme of the week is ‘Worrying
changes nothing. Talking changes everything.’
A number of events are taking place around the county.
What is dementia?
Most of us, either in our professional or private lives, will
know someone who is living with dementia. There are more than
22,000 people in Kent currently living with dementia and this
number is set to rise to almost 30,000 within the next ten
In Kent there are lots of organisations that can offer support,
advice and guidance if you are directly affected by dementia or if
you care for someone who has dementia.
The term ‘dementia’ describes a syndrome where there is a
decline in mental functions, including:
- communication skills and
- the ability to carry out daily activities.
The onset of dementia can be caused by several factors, such as
age, genetic background, medical history and lifestyle.
If you are worried about yourself or someone you know it is
worth discussing your concerns with your General Practitioner (GP).
Kent has excellent memory assessment services that your GP can
refer you to in order to be properly assessed.
Support services for people affected by dementia
If you have, or have recently been diagnosed, with dementia you
can get support from the following organisations:
A collaboration between Kent and Medway, this website
provides information and support for people based in Kent who
are living with dementia.
- 24 hour Kent and Medway helpline - 0800 500
Emotional support for people with dementia and
their carers. Find out more in the
24 hour Kent and Medway newsletter (PDF, 224k)
- Dementia support groups in
Dementia cafés and peer support groups.
and Dementia Support Services
Provides practical and
emotional support to people with Dementia, their main carer and
other relatives or supporters.
The Mental Health Foundation has a range
of information for people living with dementia, their families
and friends, social care professionals and other staff about
self-directed support in social care.
- Shared Lives (Adult Placement
One of a number of similar schemes across the
country. Shared Lives offers vulnerable adults, older people and
people with dementia the chance to be part of a family setting. It
is a positive alternative to traditional residential care and helps
people to develop real and lasting new relationships and be
part of the community,